ALLY McCOIST insists Steven Gerrard’s hasty exit for Aston Villa has left a “bad taste” among the Rangers support.

The Liverpool legend departed Ibrox yesterday to bring an abrupt halt to his three and half years in Glasgow.

The move certainly took the Gers fans by surprise with the club’s next game being a Premier Sports League Cup semi-final against Hibs at Hampden a week on Sunday.

Responding to a recent question about speculation linking him to the Newcastle job, he told BT Sport reporter Emma Dodd: “Do I look happy, do I look settled, don’t ask me silly questions then.”

However, there was no stopping the manager when Villa came calling after sacking Dean Smith on Sunday – as Scotzine reported – following five consecutive defeats.

‘DON’T ASK SILLY QUESTIONS’…Steven Gerrard before his move to Aston Villa.

McCoist, speaking on talkSPORT, said: “What Steven achieved was winning arguably the most important title for Rangers fans of the last 25 to 30 years.

“That’s how important it was, make no mistake about it. Stopping Celtic doing 10 was as high on the list as you could possibly get.

“But, to be brutally honest, there is a bad taste in some of the supporters’ mouths about the way it’s happened.

“Particularly after that interview where Emma asked the question, as she should. That’s her job.

“The answer implied: ‘I’m going nowhere’. I think we can all agree on that.

“He was very forthright, answering Emma in a fashion as if: ‘Look, it’s a silly question, I’m absolutely going nowhere.’

“Weeks later, he clearly has gone somewhere. So, I can’t totally get and understand the frustration, disappointment and maybe anger with some Rangers fans.

“That being said, you cannot argue the fact he delivered the most important title in a long, long time for Rangers.”



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Acclaimed author Alex Gordon wrote the biography of Scotland international legend Denis Law, entitled 'King and Country'. He is a former columnist with World Soccer magazine and Scottish correspondent of respected European journal L'Equipe.

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