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Ex-Celtic striker Hartson: Aston Villa move huge step down from Rangers for Gerrard

Former Celtic striker John Hartson has scoffed at former Rangers boss Steven Gerrard's move to Aston Villa.

Gerrard was named new Villa manager this morning.

Hartson responded, stating: "People down south are saying that Aston Villa is a bigger club than Rangers. Rangers would fit Aston Villa in their back pocket.

"No disrespect. Aston Villa have won a European Cup, but Rangers and Celtic are massive clubs.

"I don't go anywhere in the world without bumping into a Celtic fan. Nowhere. Rangers are the same.

"Steven has done a good job,' he added. 'He built and built and won the league. They conceded 13 goals and that's great defensive play.

"But last season, Rangers should have won the Treble. The way they lost to St Johnstone at home by not handling the goalkeeper coming up for a corner at a set-piece and the same at St Mirren they went out of two cups very tamely.

"And, remember, Celtic were already out of those cups when both those games took place.

"A great job is winning a Treble. He did a good job winning the title, uniting the Rangers fans again.

"So I think he's done a good job.

"You have people down south saying he's won the last two titles, they don't have a clue or do their homework on Scottish football."

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