'I understand....' - Exclusive: Pundit reacts as Rangers make move to lure big name to Ibrox
Noel Whelan admits he is “very worried” over whether Jack Wilshere would be able to handle the demands of playing for Rangers.
The former Aberdeen striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, insists that it would be “risky” for the Glasgow giants to sign the England international after his injury woes.
As revealed by Football Insider, Steven Gerrard has been in contact with the 28-year-old as Rangers prepare a contract offer for the newly-available midfielder.
Wilshere is currently without a club after West Ham terminated his contract by mutual consent.
Whelan admits he understands why Gerrard wants a player like Wilshere among his squad but questions whether he will be able to stay fit enough to contribute this season.
Whelan told Football Insider: “It is risky, it’s risky for any club that’s going to take him on because of the injuries he’s had throughout his career now.
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“He’s hardly played any football, injuries have hit him very quickly when he does start playing regularly again and I’m just not sure that’s the right way to go.
“I understand Gerrard wants experience and he wants that kind of player that can open a door and Jack Wilshere is one of those players but you’ve got to be careful with his history with injuries and are you going to have him for just 10 games out of the season.
“If you’re going to spend money and bring a player in, you’re going to be wanting to get every last bit of juice out of that player and I would be very, very worried whether he can handle the pressure and the games up there.”
Wilshere managed to make just 19 appearances in his two-year spell with West Ham.
His last Premier League start came against Brighton in August last year.
In other Rangers news, there has been a surprise Alfredo Morelos development at Ibrox.