Noel Whelan has encouraged Rangers manager Steven Gerrard to “go at the board” to sort out Glen Kamara’s Ibrox contract.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the former Aberdeen and Rangers striker claimed securing the 25-year-old’s long-term future could save the club up to £7million.

Gerrard called on Rangers to sort out Kamara’s contract situation after his eye-catching performance in their 2-0 win over Lech Poznan in the Europa League on Thursday night.

He told Sky Sports: “I thought he was outstanding from start to finish and my advice to the club is to move that situation along as quickly as they can.”

The Finland international’s current contract expires in the summer of 2023 but Whelan has insisted it is vital he puts pen-to-paper on a new deal soon.

He told Football Insider“Steven is there at this present time doing a great job and is thinking long-term about what he needs, as a manager.

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“When you do that, you’ve got to go at the board. He’s not asking them to pay £10million for a new player. You’re asking them to fork out maybe £3million on wages over four years. Economically right now that makes sense.

“Steven wants to know what he’s got for next season and he wants to reward a player and rightly so because he got rewarded as a player when he was doing well.

“He knows how to do these contracts and when they need their performances to be rewarded.

“More importantly he needs to know where he is next season. He’s thinking long-term, he’s dealing with this season but he needs to think about continuity and having a steady core of players he can use.”

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