By Noel Whelan

21st Nov, 2020 | 8:00am

Whelan Exclusive: Leeds have set their sights on 'Remarkable' Bielsa successor

Rangers boss Steven Gerrard would make the perfect successor to Marcelo Bielsa at Leeds United, according to Noel Whelan.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former United striker has been blown away by the “remarkable” impact Gerrard has made at Ibrox.

Whelan claims Gerrard “fits the bill” for ambitious Leeds but insisted the Liverpool icon will not leave Rangers until he has ended the club’s long trophy drought

The Glasgow giants are nine points clear at the Scottish Premiership and are unbeaten three-and-a-half months into what has been an exceptional start to the campaign.

Football Insider revealed earlier this week that Leeds are eyeing Gerrard as a potential long-term successor to Bielsa, whose one-year contract expires next summer.

When asked by Football Insider if he would like Gerrard to be considered as Bielsa’s replacement, Whelan said:

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“Absolutely. He brings professionalism, drive and desire to a team.

“We have seen that with the remarkably quick turnaround at Rangers since he has been there.

“He has not only recruited the right players but he has installed a belief in that squad. They have that winning mentality that he always had as a player.

“He has also brought a lot of youth into the club. He compliments the older heads with youth, it is a nice happy medium.

“It really does not surprise me that many teams are looking at Steven Gerrard because they know what he brought as a player and they are now finding out what he brings as a manager. It is tempting to a lot of teams.

“Whether he would leave for a Derby, is debatable. With Steven he might be looking for something in the Premier League and Leeds United fit the bill. That would be tempting.

“But I think he has a job that he wants to finish at Rangers. He will not feel fulfilled until he wins the league or a trophy.

“After that he might think about moving on and it would not surprise me if lots of teams are looking at Steven and his backroom staff because it is full of quality.” 

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