Danny Mills has claimed Steven Gerrard could leave Rangers at the end of the season and raid the Ibrox giants for three defenders at his new club.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, Gerrard’s former England teammate suggested the 40-year-old has told centre-back, Connor Goldson, right-back James Tavernier and left-back Borna Barisic not sign new deals until at least the summer.

Football Insider revealed earlier this week the Light Blues fear losing at least one of the trio as they enter the final 18 months of their contract.

Rangers currently sit 19 points clear at the top of the Scottish Premiership after their 1-0 win over Celtic last weekend.

This site revealed in November Premier League new boys Leeds United are monitoring Gerrard as a potential replacement for Marcelo Bielsa if he leaves the club at the end of his contract in the summer.

“Say Steven Gerrard goes on to win the Premiership this season, does very, very well, you just wonder who is in the background sniffing around Steven Gerrard and where he might think about going next,” Mills told Football Insider.

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“He might just say to the players ‘who knows? Just hold on, just wait until the end of the season and see what happens. If we win this, then obviously your stock at Rangers is massively high in terms of new contracts or if I’m going to leave and you’ve only got a year left, I might want to take you with me to my next club. So don’t sign that new deal.’

“There are all sorts of shenanigans that go on in football so people can get the best deals done. Everybody is always looking out for themselves, everybody’s always looking out for that next move and what’s coming next.

“Sometimes you just don’t know what’s going on in football.”

In other news, Football Insider can reveal Rangers and Celtic have been put on red alert after a trio of Preston players reject record contract and January moves are likely.