Xavi will only be right about Rangers target Jack Wilshere being top of the tree in Scotland if he transforms his fitness, according to Noel Whelan.

The former Aberdeen and Leeds United striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, called the 28-year-old “a forgotten man” and insisted he needs to rebuild his career.

Barcelona and Spain legend Xavi told the Daily Record today that Wilshere would be “the best player in Scotland” if he moved to Rangers and stayed injury-free.

Football Insider revealed last week that the Gers are in dialogue with the midfielder about a potential move to Ibrox after his contract was mutually terminated at West Ham.

Whelan said Wilshere has “a lot to prove” having made just 19 first team appearances over the past two years.

“I do not believe he would be the best player in Scotland,” he told Football Insider.

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“He has a lot to prove yet. He has been missing for a number of years.

“I forgot he was at West Ham until somebody told me! He is a forgotten man right now.

“Years ago he was a great player, but is he now? There is a lot to prove. He is starting again and rebuilding his career because he has been a missing man for too long. He has suffered from injuries and a lack of form.

“He could be a great player in Scotland but I am not sure if he has the fitness in his body to produce that.”

Xavi said: “Rangers could be a very good fit for him. The pace in Scotland is not as fast as England and it would give him more time on the ball.

“It would be a risk because of his injuries but if Rangers could manage to keep him fit and without injury, he would be the best player in Scotland.”

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