By Noel Whelan

2nd Oct, 2021 | 1:00pm

Pundit claims 'it's not happening' at Rangers after crushing latest development

Noel Whelan has suggested Rangers boss Steven Gerrard will be baffled by the inconsistent performances in Europe this season.

The former Leeds striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, admitted the Ibrox club have “gone backwards” in the Europa League after their success last season.

Glen Kamara was dismissed as Rangers fell to a 1-0 defeat away at Sparta Prague in the Europa League last night (September 30).

The Scottish champions have now lost their first two Group A fixtures meaning automatic qualification to the next stage looks unlikely.

After a UEFA rule change, group runners-up will now have to earn their place in the knockout stage by beating a club who drop down from the Champions League.

Rangers are rock bottom of Group A. They face a double-header against fellow strugglers Brondby in their next European engagements.

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Whelan claimed Gerrard will have been “driven mad” by his side’s display.

“You would expect them to be doing a lot better in Europe, especially with the run they had last year,” he told Football Insider‘s Russell Edge.

“In terms of results in Europe, they’ve gone backwards.”

“They’re not new to the competition, they know what it’s all about. They travelled away from home last season and went very far.

“I’m sure they enjoyed that European adventure, but it’s just not happening this season.

“The inconsistency in performances and results must be driving Steven Gerrard mad, and he probably can’t put his finger on why it’s happening.

“Sometimes these midweek games can make or break your confidence – and it’s about being able to handle the scheduling.”

Rangers now face a league clash against second-place Hibernian on Sunday.

Their lead over Old Firm rivals Celtic stands at six points.

In other news, pundit identifies Rangers weak link ahead of Hibs clash.