The board at Rangers must be “absolutely ecstatic” with the club’s performances during Steven Gerrard’s first two years in charge at Ibrox, according to Noel Whelan.

The former Aberdeen and Leeds striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, has been blown away by the Gers’ performances since the Liverpool legend took charge.

Rangers tweeted last week that Gerrard was celebrating the two-year anniversary of his managerial appointment, during which time he has taken charge of 114 games across all competitions.

Whelan believes that no one saw the Gers leading the title race heading into this season’s winter break and claims the Glasgow giants are set to push on under Gerrard’s stewardship.

Asked if the Rangers board would be happy with Gerrard’s job so far, Whelan told Football Insider: “I think if they’re not, then they’re stupid.

“They’ve got to be absolutely ecstatic with the job that he’s done, the players that he’s attracted to come to the football club.

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“It’s not just the size of the club that’s bringing players in, they want to play for somebody that’s a winner, play for someone they respect. Now, Steven Gerrard commands that, he’s making them better players, he’s making them a team that’s got so close to Celtic this year.

“No one thought they’d be that close come January and they’re in the driving seat, I think they’ve progressed every single season under Steven Gerrard and I’d expect them to become a little bit closer to Celtic next year as well. I’m really excited.” 

Rangers currently sit 13 points behind Celtic in the Premiership, while they were beaten in the Scottish League Cup final by the Hoops.

They finished nine points behind the Bhoys last season, with Neil Lennon’s men wrapping up a third successive domestic treble.

In other Rangers news, two Ibrox stars have been tipped to help the Gers beat Celtic to a new signing.