Rangers legend Ally McCoist believes Gerrard should stay put at Ibrox where he sees a better route to success than the Midlands.
McCoist branded a potential move to Villa Park – where Gerrard is odds-on favourite with many bookmakers to replace Dean Smith – a move with “risks” if he eventually aims to take over at Anfield.
Speaking on talkSport breakfast McCoist – one of Gerrard’s predecessors at Ibrox - said: “What if he goes to Aston Villa and it doesn’t work out?
“He’s got a better chance of success at Rangers than he has at Aston Villa, if he wants the Liverpool job.
“If he goes to Aston Villa and it doesn’t work out, he won’t get the Liverpool job.”
McCoist’s advice opposes the thoughts of ex-Crystal Palace chairman Simon Jordan who suggested Gerrard needed a bridging move between Ibrox and Anfield – and that could be fulfilled with success at Villa Park.
“I can understand it, but if I was Steven, I wouldn’t do it. I’d stay where I am.”
Gerrard has been in place for three and a half years and led Rangers to the SPFL Premiership title last term after nine years of Celtic dominance.
He is currently odds-on with many bookmakers, and as short as 8/13 in some markets.