By Noel Whelan

15th Jun, 2022 | 9:27am

Rangers backed to win Cameron Archer race after 'exciting' news - pundit

Noel Whelan has suggested the potential lure of Champions League football could help Rangers win the race to take Aston Villa starlet Cameron Archer on loan in the 2022/23 campaign.

The former Leeds and Aberdeen striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, claimed an Ibrox move could be a “real step up” for the 20-year-old.

According to talkSPORT journalist Alex Crook (10 June), there is a “lot of interest” in taking Archer on loan in 2022/23 – including from Rangers, Middlesborough, and Watford.

However, the Daily Express claim (14 June) that Aston Villa could look to send the starlet to Queens Park Rangers this summer – where former assistant boss Michael Beale is the new manager.

Archer, who has scored four goals in six senior games for Villa, spent the second half of the 2021-22 campaign at Preston.

The youngster has also scored four goals in his first four caps for England’s Under-21 side.

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Whelan suggested a potential swoop could be an “exciting move” for Rangers.

“That could be a real step up for him,” he told Football Insider‘s Ewan Kingsbury.

“He could be playing in the Champions League and fighting for a league title as well. That’s the kind of stage he will want to be playing on.

“He’s a really bright talent as well, and someone I think Rangers would get a real benefit out of.

“He’s got pace, power, goalscoring ability – I think it would be a really beneficial move for a young player. It’s an exciting move.”

Rangers will enter the Champions League in the third qualifying round – the first leg of which will be scheduled for 2–3 August.

The Ibrox club will find out their opponents on 18 July.

In other news, Rangers favourite “more than sure” Allan McGregor talks are underway after Sky update.