Noel Whelan believes Rangers will have at least one late transfer deal in the pipeline after they secured their place in the Europa League group stages.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the former Leeds and Aberdeen striker claims that everyone at Ibrox will have known the financial impact of Thursday’s play-off clash against Galatasaray.

Speaking before the 2-1 win, Gerrard admitted that any late business in the transfer window would be dependent on the club’s European fortunes.

 

Goals from Scott Arfield and James Tavernier helped the Gers secure their place in the Europa League group stages.

With the international transfer window set to shut on Monday, Whelan believes the Light Blues will have wasted no time in getting the ball rolling on new signings.

Asked if Gerrard would have deals in the pipeline, Whelan told Football Insider: “Oh absolutely, it’s time for Steven to go shopping, isn’t it?

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“He said before the game that if they get through it the windfall is there and maybe that’s what they were waiting on, they needed to get through that tie and get into the group stages to get that money that’s available for him to go and strengthen even more to be competitive against Celtic.

“That is what he needed, that’s why it was such a big game for Steven and the players at the club, they knew how much it meant financially to be able to get players into the club.

“I’d expect one or may more signings coming in by Monday night.”

Rangers managed to reach the round of 16 in the Europa League last season, where they were beat by Bayer Leverkusen.

The Gers have been drawn against Benfica, Standard Liege and Lech Poznan in their European group this term.

In other Rangers news, Alan Hutton claims a 25-year-old has given Gerrard a headache after “shutting his critics up”.