Peter Lovenkrands believes this season’s Premiership title could be the start of a successful run for Rangers.
The former Ibrox star, who won two Scottish Premier League trophies in his time at the club, has been impressed by the manner in which Steven Gerrard’s team have gone about their business this season.
He believes there’s more to come from the side who have wrapped up this season’s title with six games remaining.
Asked on Sky Sports if Rangers would be favourites for next season’s title, the Dane replied: “100%. We’ve seen this year how well they’ve played and how dominant they’ve been and the points margin there has been between the two clubs.
“I do think that they will 100% go in as favourites. I think Celtic will have a wee bit of a regroup, some of their players need to leave and they’ll get new players in.
“They need to get a new manager in first of all to try and sort their situation, and that might take a wee bit of time.
“So it might be that Rangers can go on a wee run here and get a couple of titles before Celtic get back up and running.
“I’m expecting Celtic to be competitive, but I do think Rangers are favourites.”
On the prospect of Gerrard potentially returning to Anfield as Liverpool manager, Lovenkrands said: “I personally think he will only leave for somebody like Liverpool.
“I think he’ll stay here. I think he’ll build on this fantastic thing he’s done so far with his staff and his players, and he can go on and do some fantastic things here.”
Gerrard arrived at Ibrox in 2018, and secured second-placed finishes in his first two seasons before securing this year’s title with six games to spare.
They could be set to receive a guard of honour when they face their rivals at Celtic Park on March 21, but Gerrard’s immediate priority is the upcoming Europa League double-header against Slavia Prague.