By Alan Hutton

13th Sep, 2022 | 8:30am

Hutton issues 'huge' Rangers claim after development pre-Napoli

Alan Hutton has suggested the exclusion of away fans at Ibrox in the Champions League game against Napoli could “work against” Rangers.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Gers right-back said the team will have to “lean on the crowd” in the European clash on Wednesday (14 September).

The Bears were beaten 4-0 by Ajax in their opening Champions League group stage game last Wednesday (7 September).

On 11 September, the club confirmed that the game has been rescheduled to Wednesday due to a lack of policing resources.

The Light Blues also confirmed that there will be no away fans present at the game at Ibrox.

Rangers fans will also be prevented from attending the away leg of the fixture in Naples.

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When asked if the lack of away fans at Ibrox will benefit the Bears, Hutton told Football Insider: “I think it will help.

We’ve seen the atmosphere over the years, especially for European nights for Celtic and Rangers, how much they mean to the players. So, a packed house, they’re going to need them there’s no doubt about that.

The last two results haven’t been good enough, the performances haven’t been good enough so they’re going to have to lean on the crowd as well and try and get it up for them.

It can work against you because when you go and play the away leg, in Napoli, there’s no fans either so it’s going to be a difficult atmosphere to go in to as well.

Obviously this is a huge game on Wednesday night so they’re going to need every single person behind them.

In other news, Alan Hutton has revealed what he’s ‘heard’ about James Tavernier at Rangers.