Rangers boss

Noel Whelan has lauded the experience of Steven Gerrard and Gary McAllister as Rangers look to take control of the Premiership title hunt ahead of Celtic.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the former Aberdeen striker insists “you can’t get any better” than the senior pair in terms of their insight into managing the current situation at Ibrox.

The Gers currently top the Premiership table by four points having played a game more than second-placed Celtic.

The Glasgow giants have also made a perfect start to their Europa League campaign thanks to a 2-0 win over Standard Liege.

Having seen Rangers beat both Aberdeen and Celtic already this season, Whelan claims that there is no excuse for the Light Blues to let their lead slip at the top of the table and that they have the perfect coaching duo to keep them focused.

Whelan told Football Insider: “Look, Steven Gerrard will be the first to keep telling them, you’ve got to keep doing it for the consistency of all the games, not just up until Christmas.

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“They’ve got a great opportunity here to keep that lead, really there’s no reason they shouldn’t stay where they are. Bar your Celtics and maybe Aberdeen, they should be winning every game in that division.

“It’s about keeping that level head, it’s about keeping focus, it’s about showing that character and bringing to the table that persistence and that quality, that desire and the work rate every single game.

“If you don’t bring that and you ease off the gas, you’ll get found out and Steven Gerrard knows that. They’re in Europe still so this is a time where they’re going to be put to the test fitness-wise, character-wise but Steven Gerrard’s been there.

“That’s the one good thing they’ve got, a manager who has been there and played that and lived that every single day of his life at Liverpool so you can’t get any better advice from where it’s coming from now with Steven Gerrard and Gary McAllister.” 

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