Noel Whelan says it is “quite amazing” to see Rangers dealing so well with the demands of European football this season.
The former Aberdeen and Leeds United striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, says that many teams have struggled to produce on both domestically and on the continent but says Steven Gerrard’s men are doing just that.
The Light Blues sit second in the Scottish Premiership on goal difference and currently lead their Europa League group with one game left to play.
With the Light Blues in just their second successive season of both European and domestic football, Whelan says he has been blown away by how well they are performing on all fronts.
Whelan told Football Insider: “Right now it’s about what you do on the training ground.
“Steven Gerrard, the players that he’s assembled and that team, need to take what they’ve been doing on the training ground into Saturday and they seem to be doing that at the minute – not only on Saturday’s but midweek and in Europe.
“It’s quite amazing how quickly they’ve adapted to European football again and managing and being able to manage those ties. We’ve seen many teams get into the Champions League and in European competitions really struggle to combat the league and domestic cups.
“It’s real credit the Stevie Gerrard but if anyone knows how to manage that it’s him. They’ve got the right man for the job.”
As well as the Premiership and the Europa League, Rangers also have a League Cup final against Celtic to take part in, while they will also compete for the Scottish Cup in 2020.
The Gers take on Hearts on Sunday afternoon, having played out a 2-2 draw with Feyenoord in midweek.
In other Rangers news, Jackie McNamara claims the club “can’t afford” to deal with a major problem brewing at Ibrox.