By Noel Whelan

9th Mar, 2021 | 4:00pm

Whelan delivers emphatic verdict on Gerrard potentially quitting Rangers amid big news from Liverpool

Steven Gerrard would “find it hard” to leave Rangers with the prospect of Champions League football returning to Ibrox next season.

That is according to former Aberdeen striker Noel Whelan, speaking exclusively to Football Insider after the former Liverpool captain won the first league title of his career on Sunday.

Football Insider understands Ibrox chiefs are increasingly anxious about the 40-year-old’s future amid uncertainty over Jurgen Klopp’s position as Liverpool boss.

There is a feeling within Anfield that the German’s motivation levels are not what they once were and his side fell to their sixth consecutive home defeat on Sunday.

Asked whether he expected Gerrard to stay in Glasgow next season, Whelan told Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs: “His work has only just begun and that’s the miracle of it – it’s only been two full seasons since he took the job.

“The transformation with the whole attitude of Rangers is there for everyone to see. It is now with winning the title and being as dominant as they have been.

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“They were very close last year, up until Christmas time it was in their hands. That experience of not dealing with the pressure of European and domestic football, they have learned from it very quickly to this season.

“Don’t forget they’re still in the Europa League as well. What an exciting season this has been and once again from Steven – it’s a job he’s thriving in and really enjoying. He’s going to be in the Champions League next season and it couldn’t really go any better for Steven.

“I would find it hard to see him leave the role given what he’s done this season.”

In other news, Danny Mills has tipped Rangers to dominate Celtic for “three, four years” as they approach a 43-year-old to potentially be their new manager.