RANGERS look set to have to rebuild their entire coaching team after Steven Gerrard's departure to Aston Villa.

The Liverpool legend left the Ibrox side this morning to join the Premier League outfit on a three-and-a-half year deal.

Both clubs announced the news at 10am, with Gerrard expressing his delight to be joining such an ambitious club for his first gig in England's top flight.

Since then, the 41-year-old has also conveyed his love for Rangers, pleading with the club's fans to understand and accept his decision. 

But it won't just be Gerrard who the Rangers fans will so badly miss in the coming weeks. 

Nearly the entire backroom staff at Ibrox has been decimated by the move.

Gerrard has always been full of praise for his coaches an analysts behind the scenes, in particular high-skilled coach Michael Beale.

And Beale, along with Gerrard's right hand man Gary McAllister, Tom Culshaw and Jordan Milsom will join him at Villa Park.

First-team analyst Scott Mason, who Gerrard brought in from Liverpool, is also understood to have joined Villa as part of the package.

Graeme Stevenson and Seb Dunn are part of Rangers’ team though since before Gerrard. It remains to be seen whether they will stay or go at this stage.

This leaves only Colin Stewart, the Rangers goalkeeping coach, remaining at Ibrox from the Gerrard regime as a definite name staying put. 

It it unknown at this stage whether Stewart will stay with the club no matter who is brought in as the new manager to lead Rangers.

Player-coach Jermain Defoe was also introduced to Gerrard's backroom team during the summer as a striker expert. His future remains unknown too.