By Noel Whelan

5th Nov, 2022 | 1:12pm

Pundit shares 'shocking' Rangers claim after record-smashing development

Noel Whelan has claimed some Rangers players could be “dented” by their record-smashing Champions League group stage failure.

The former Leeds and Aberdeen striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, suggested the unwanted accolade is “probably going to stand for some time”.

Rangers officially became the worst-ever side to play in the Champions League group stage after they were eliminated from the competition with zero points and a goal difference of minus 20.

Chief among the series of heavy losses was a 7-1 humiliation at the hands of Liverpool at Ibrox last month (12 October).

Rangers scored aggregate victories against Union Saint-Gilloise and PSV Eindhoven to book their place in the group stage but couldn’t make the most of their first qualification since the 2010-11 season.

The Gers trail rivals Celtic by four points atop the Scottish Premiership as the mid-season World Cup break approaches.

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Whelan insisted Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s side were “easy to play against” and “shocking” in European competition this term.

He told Football Insider’s Ewan Kingsbury: “It’s not something that you want on your CV as a player, manager, or club.

“I very much doubt it will be beaten. I think that record is probably going to stand for quite a long time.

“That just shows how far they were off competing in that group. And we’re talking about a team who got to the Europa League final.

“Look how far off they were. It’s a totally different class of opponent, and they found that out this year.

“They were easy to play against – and for me, it’s been a shocker. It can dent some players, but they’ve got to put it right in the league and cup competitions they’re still in.”

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