Noel Whelan has hit back at Chris Sutton after the former Celtic man took aim at Rangers on Twitter following their dramatic Europa League victory over SC Braga.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Jason Jones, the former Aberdeen striker claimed that the 3-2 comeback win was a “huge” result that will do wonders for the Gers’ confidence.

Sutton took to social media in the aftermath of the match at Ibrox, sarcastically suggesting that Gerrard’s men had celebrated as if they had won the Europa League itself, rather than a single match.

 

However, Whelan was not impressed by the post from the Celtic player and hit back on what he calls a “huge” result.

He told Football Insider: “Personally, I think it’s a huge performance and a huge win for their season off the back of a really terrible start after the winter break.

“I think they really needed this result to give themselves belief and to get their season back on track again. It feels like a massive win. Even though it’s just one game, you’ve not won a competition but you’ve gained a lot of belief back into your team to go forwards and maybe challenge Celtic.

“Look, he’s always going to have a little dig because he’s been a Celtic player – I don’t expect anything less – but you’ve got to give credit where credit is due. That was a big win for Rangers.

“I want a Rangers team that is full of belief because it makes it a lot more interesting in that Premiership rundown.”

A stunning solo effort from Joe Aribo and a brace from new boy Ianis Hagi were enough to ensure that the Gers take a crucial lead into the second leg against Braga next week.

The Light Blues will face their Portuguese opponents on Wednesday evening.

In other Rangers news, ‘Marvelous’ – Alan Hutton drools over Gerrard ‘Masterstroke’ in Gers v Braga.