Steven Gerrard will not be a failure if Rangers fail to win the title this season, according to Gabby Agbonlahor.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-Aston Villa forward also insisted the Ibrox manager does not need to prove himself in England to land the Liverpool job when Jurgen Klopp calls it a day.

Agbonlahor has been hugely impressed by Gerrard’s transformation of Rangers’ fortunes despite having a budget dwarfed by that of 10-in-a-row chasing Celtic.

The Light Blues have steadily improved during the 40-year-old’s three seasons at the helm to the point where they are nine points clear at the top of the Scottish Premiership during the international break.

Celtic have two matches in hand on their bitter rivals but Rangers are well placed to win their first title in a decade.

Gerrard’s side are also on course to quality for the Europa League knockout stages for the second consecutive year after making an excellent start in their group.

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Asked by Football Insider if Gerrard should be deemed a failure if Rangers fail to win a trophy this season, Agbonlahor said:

Rangers manager Steven Gerrard

“Not at all. No, he’s a new manager, he’s doing a great job, he’s cut the gap. Before he went to Rangers it was guaranteed Celtic win every season, now he’s making it closer.

“This season, for sure, it’s going to be even closer, the title race, it could go all the
way.”

Gerrard was targeted by two England Championship clubs in the summer, Birmingham City and Bristol City.

As revealed by Football Insider, billionaire City owner Steve Lansdown offered Gerrard an extraordinary deal that would have topped his £2.5million-a-year Rangers package.

Asked if Gerrard should be accepting the big-money English offers or needs to prove himself in England before landing the Liverpool post one day, Agbonahor said:

Rangers boss

“Oh no, not at all, I don’t think he does. I mean, Lampard got the Chelsea job by doing it in the Championship.

“Rangers are not below that level. I think the Scottish league is a good league and there’s some tough teams in there.”

In other news, Rangers are “very keen” to seal blockbuster deal by 1 January as talks lined up.