Rangers are likely to try and secure Steven Gerrard to a new contract to prevent him being lured to a Premier League club.

That is the verdict of ex-Aberdeen, Leeds United and Coventry City striker Noel Whelan as he assessed the impact made by Gerrard at Ibrox.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, Whelan suggests the Rangers hierarchy will be fearing the loss of the Liverpool icon amid interest from south of the border.

Gerrard has transformed the fortunes of Rangers since joining in May of last year on a four-year contract.

“No one down south is going to be missing what’s happening at Rangers,” Whelan told Football Insider. “The results and performances this season have been eyecatching, and a lot of credit must go to Gerrard.

“That can’t be ignored by the board. Gerrard is on a long-term contract but, at the end of the season, Dave King and the board will be looking to extend it or add to the two years left.

“Right now, Gerrard has a job to do and wants to finish it off at Rangers. But he is a big name in the game and people will be noticing him.

“Rangers are doing well in Europe and fantastically in the league.”

Rangers are level on points with Celtic at the top of the Scottish Premiership, with both clubs accumulating 31 points from 12 matches this season.

Gerrard’s sie are also well placed to qualify for the Europa League knockout stages after last week’s memorable win over Porto.

In other Rangers news, it can be REVEALED that the club are closing in on a hat-trick of deals ahead of the January window.