By Noel Whelan

13th Sep, 2022 | 5:00pm

Pundit shares 'fearful' Ibrox claim after what he's seen at Rangers

Noel Whelan has claimed Rangers will be “fearful” of facing Serie A leaders Napoli after back-to-back heavy defeats against Celtic and Ajax.

The former Leeds and Aberdeen striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, claimed the Gers will have to be “pretty much perfect” to get a result from the Champions League Group A clash on Wednesday (14 September).

Rangers fell to a 4-0 loss against Ajax last week (6 September), just days after a crushing 4-0 defeat against rivals Celtic (3 September).

The Ibrox club’s scheduled match against Aberdeen on Saturday (10 September) was postponed.

Whelan claimed Rangers “could have done” with facing the Dons in order to restore a winning mentality.

He told Football Insider‘s Ewan Kingsbury: “They probably watched Napoli last week and saw what they did to Liverpool, which won’t bring them any joy.

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“Napoli are a solid team – good at the back, fantastic in midfield, and they can score goals too.

“This is not going to be an easy game, and it’s a game they’re probably fearful of. Rangers could have done with a Scottish Premiership game to get them back to winning ways.

“But they’re now coming off back-to-back defeats against a side who are top of Serie A.

“The full Ibrox crowd will be behind them, but they’ll have to be pretty much perfect to get anything out of this game.”

Rangers reached the Europa League final in the 2021-22 season but were beaten by Eintracht Frankfurt.

Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s side will also face Liverpool in their Champions League group.

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