Noel Whelan admits he is “gutted” after Rangers lost to Kilmarnock as he claims that Celtic have all but won the Premiership title.

The former Aberdeen and Leeds United striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, says that it would take a “catastrophe” for the Hoops not to seal their ninth league trophy in a row following Wednesday’s results.

A 2-1 defeat for Rangers, coupled with Celtic’s 5-0 victory over Hearts, means that the gap between first and second now sits at 10 points, Steven Gerrard’s men possessing a game in hand.

Whelan says that it would take something “massive” for Rangers to claw their way back ahead of their rivals and admitted his bitter disappointment the title race seems to be over.

Whelan told Football Insider: “It looks like that winter break has not been kind to them because ever since they’ve come back they’ve lost some sort of momentum and belief and Celtic have kicked on.

“It seems to be slipping out of their grasp now unfortunately. It’s going to take a massive, massive catastrophe for Celtic to lose that many games now I think. You can look at the Old Firm games but you’ve got to win every single game from now till the end of the season.

“That’s disappointing because at one point it looked like it was going to be a real fight until the end of the season and I’m really, really gutted that the gap has increased for Celtic.” 

Rangers’ next game sees them take on Livingston at Ibrox on Saturday, while they are in Europa League action against Braga in midweek.

Celtic meanwhile travel to Aberdeen on Sunday before a trip to take on FC Copenhagen on Thursday.

In other Rangers news, Alex Bruce has delivered an explosive verdict on one of the Ibrox stars, saying he wants to fight him.