Noel Whelan claims that everyone at Rangers “will disagree” with Jermain Defoe’s comments about stopping Celtic win 10-in-a-row next season.

The former Aberdeen and Leeds striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, believes preventing their rivals from a historic achievement will be huge motivation for the Light Blues squad.

Speaking to talkSPORT about the Gers’ title hopes next season, Defoe claims it is “not about stopping Celtic” and that the focus at Ibrox is on winning a trophy for themselves.

However, Whelan suggests there will be plenty of fans, staff and players at Rangers who see things differently after another trophyless season for the club.

Whelan told Football Insider: “I’m sure everyone will disagree with that – it is about stopping 10-in-a-row, it is about conquering Scotland again and being the number one team, it is about winning the title. 

“It’s always about winning a title, whether you’re Motherwell, Aberdeen – you go into the season, first game, wanting to win the title, if not, why are you there? Why are you playing football?

“It’s about winning, it’s about being champions, you should have that thought in your mind and Rangers should definitely have that thought in their mind – with this club that they are, you can’t go into this thinking second place is good enough, it’s not. 

“Steven Gerrard isn’t going into it thinking second place is good enough, he wants to be champions, he wants to be winners, he wants to stop Celtic.” 

Celtic were awarded their ninth successive league title in controversial circumstances, with the Premiership season ended early amid the Coronavirus pandemic.

They are a Scottish Cup away from a fourth domestic treble in a row, having beaten Rangers in the Scottish League Cup final earlier this season.

In other Rangers news, Alan Hutton has lauded the club’s plans for a “nightmare” attacker.