By Noel Whelan

11th Nov, 2022 | 3:09pm

Pundit 'not surprised' Steven Gerrard could return to Rangers after Ibrox source's reveal

Noel Whelan has claimed he “wouldn’t be surprised” to see Steven Gerrard return to the Rangers hot seat as the board weigh up Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s future.

The former Leeds and Aberdeen striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, suggested the 42-year-old will have a “long wait” before he is offered another Premier League job.

Football Insider revealed on 8 November that Van Bronckhorst is set to remain in charge of Rangers for the time being but is still facing the possibility of the sack during the World Cup.

Ibrox chiefs held talks on Monday (7 November) about his position and decided to stick with their under-fire manager up until the mid-season break despite trailing Celtic by seven points in the Scottish Premiership.

Gerrard, who left the Glasgow giants to join Aston Villa 12 months ago, is currently the bookies’ favourite to succeed Van Bronckhorst.

He won the Scottish Premiership with Rangers in the 2020-21 season – but was sacked at Villa Park after struggling in his first Premier League job.

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Whelan told Football Insider’s Ewan Kingsbury: “I can’t see too many jobs being available for him in the Premier League.

“He’ll have a long wait.

“There could be an opening at Rangers, however, and it wouldn’t surprise me if he went back – just because of the success he had there.

“He knows the club, he knows the board, he’s familiar with the surroundings.

“He won’t want to be out of work too long.

“I think Steven would consider returning to Rangers, because I can’t see a Premier League opening for him until next year.”

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