Noel Whelan has tipped former Rangers defender Jon Flanagan to return to the UK if his move to Belgium side Sporting Charleroi is a success.

The ex-Aberdeen and Leeds United striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, suggested that the move would give the 27-year-old “a new lease of life” that could “reignite” his faltering career.

Flanagan, who was released by the Gers at the end of June, signed a one-year contract with Belgian league leaders Sporting Charleroi this week.

The full-back made just 39 appearances for Steven Gerrard’s side, having suffered a number on injuries during his two-year spell at Ibrox.

In the absence of a club since July, Flanagan has been training with Fleetwood Town, the League One side managed by former Ger Joey Barton.

When asked by Football Insider for his thoughts on the former Liverpool defender’s move to Belgium, Whelan said:

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“Flanagan may have needed a change of scenery and going abroad can sometimes help a player. It will give him a new lease of life and he will also gain greater experience as well.

“He has taken the move on early in his career but it does not mean that he will never come back to the UK and play somewhere else.

“This could be the move that reignites the kid’s career so we hope it works out. If it does work out we may see him back again, maybe even at Rangers.”

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