'Massive' - Exclusive: Paul Robinson hails Rangers transfer trump card as Ibrox pursuit begins

Paul Robinson has hailed Steven Gerrard as the Rangers transfer trump card ahead of the January window.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former England goalkeeper claimed his ex-teammate is a “massive pull” independent of one of Britain’s most storied and prestigious clubs.

Gerrard has attracted some plum signings to Ibrox since being appointed manager in the summer of last year, most notably the likes of Ryan Kent and Jermain Defoe.

Robinson believes the Liverpool icon could again prove critical to the Ibrox giants’ hopes of strengthening their squad in January as they begin the search for new signings.

Asked if Rangers are punching above their weight in terms of recruitment, Robinson told Football Insider: “The pull itself is Rangers but I think Steven’s a massive pull.

“His ability to use his contacts in football, use his previous relationships in football – I mean he only stopped playing couple of years ago, so these are the players that he played with and against and he knows personally, which is always a big thing.

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“As a player as well, to be a part of something that’s developing and going well, people will be watching Rangers thinking, ‘they’re coming back here, there’s a real story here’; Steven Gerrard as a manager, Rangers back on terms with Celtic, if not better, at the moment and people want to be part of that.”

Rangers are already on the search for new talent ahead of the opening of the winter window.

As revealed by Football Insider, the club are keeping close tabs on Preston North End star Declan Rudd, who has been one of the star men in the club’s shock progress to second in the English Championship.

In other Rangers news, it can be REVEALED that Dave King has slapped price tag on Ibrox player as Premier League club plot big-money swoop.