Noel Whelan claims that Aberdeen midfielder’s Lewis Ferguson’s links to Rangers would make a “huge difference” were he to move to Ibrox this summer.

The former Dons striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, believes that the 20-year-old’s connections to the Glasgow giants would bring “something extra” out of him.

The Scottish Sun report that the Aberdeen midfielder, who is the son and nephew of former Rangers stars Derek and Barry, is high up Gerrard’s transfer wishlist ahead of the summer window.

Rangers

Whelan believes that Ferguson will have a clear idea of what it means to be a Rangers player and that playing in the famous blue shirt would bring the very best out of him.

Asked how important it was to have players who know what it means to play for Rangers, Whelan told Football Insider: “Massive. I’ve got no doubt he’ll be a fan as well – if it’s anything to do with your dad, you’re always going to support a team that he played for.

“No different to me, I pushed Leeds United on my boys and they don’t really have much of a choice. It’s important because it brings something extra out of a player when you’re playing for a club that you know what it’s all about.

“It’s different for the foreign players coming in because it’s a bit of an unknown for them, they don’t know the club, the history, the passion behind it all – they’ll learn it but when you’ve got a player that already knows, that makes a huge difference.

“If he does end up going to Rangers I’m sure they’ll get a player that’s fully committed and knows everything about playing for the shirt and the club.” 

Despite his age, Ferguson has established himself as a mainstay at Pittodrie, with 82 appearances, 11 goals and 17 assists under his belt.

A Scotland under-21 international, he has missed just four games across all competitions this season, scoring three and setting up a further nine goals.

In other Rangers news, a 12 goal/assist ace is the latest in what is to be a long line of Ibrox exits this summer.