By Noel Whelan

6th Oct, 2021 | 1:00pm

Rangers board told to inject 'big money' after desperate Gerrard plea - pundit

Noel Whelan has insisted Rangers boss Steven Gerrard needs to be handed a bigger transfer budget in order to “compete” in European competitions.

The former Aberdeen and Leeds striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, said Gerrard needs a “certain calibre of player” in order to succeed.

As quoted by the Herald (October 1st), the 41-year-old manager insisted Rangers need “big money” investment to compete in the Europa League.

The Ibrox club have fallen short in their opening two Group A fixtures against Lyon and Sparta Prague.

Rangers didn’t spend a penny during this summer’s transfer window, bringing in three free transfers and Juninho Bacuna from Huddersfield – with his transfer fee to be paid solely in add-ons.

Whelan insisted Gerrard should be given more backing from the powers that be.

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“I think the manager knows exactly what he needs,” he told Football Insider‘s Ewan Kingsbury.

“They went far in the Europa League last season but going from domestic to European football is a very big jump.

“You are playing against some of the biggest teams in Europe.

“To be successful, like Gerrard has been with a very good squad at Liverpool, he needs a certain calibre of player.

“If he wants to be successful in both the league and Europe, they need to go and get bigger and better players – that’s what Steven Gerrard is saying.

“He needs to be able to spend money to compete.”

Only group winners progress directly to the Europa League knockout stage following a UEFA rule change, with runners-up facing a play-off clash against Champions League dropouts.

Rangers sit bottom of the group ahead of a crucial double-header against fellow winless side Brondby.

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