By Noel Whelan

24th Feb, 2020 | 7:10pm

Ibrox Exclusive: Ex-pro predicts big future for attacker barely-seen at Rangers yet

Noel Whelan heaped praise on Rangers striker Florian Kamberi for his display in the Light Blues’ 2-2 with St Johnstone on Sunday.

The former Leeds United striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, tipped the 24-year-old to be “a big part of the team for years to come” after his performance at McDiarmid Park.

Kamberi capped a fine performance with a goal and an assist as Steven Gerrard’s side fell further behind Celtic in the title race.

It was the Albania international’s first goal for the club since joining on loan from Hibernian in January, having played just 111 minutes of action at Ibrox.

When asked for his assessment of the forward’s start to life in Glasgow, Whelan told Football Insider: “He looks like a good signing. It goes to show they have done their due diligence on players.

“Ianis Hagi and Kamberi look like they are going to be a big part of the team for years to come. It was a great finish and good performance but if you cannot defend properly you are not going to get anything out of games.

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“The goal will do him the world of good going into the second leg and maybe Morelos will have to work for his place when he comes back from suspension!”

Kamberi is expected to start for the Gers in the second leg of their Europa League Round of 32 tie on Thursday with Alfredo Morelos suspended and Jermaine Defoe still recovering from injury.

The weekend’s score-draw saw Celtic open up a 12 point lead at the top of the Scottish first division.

In other Rangers news, Alan Hutton has told Football Insider he fears success in Europe could come at a price this season.