By Noel Whelan

21st Jul, 2021 | 10:37am

Whelan moots 25 August 'big name' sale at Rangers after official announcement

Rangers may consider selling a “big name” after they have sealed qualification for the Champions League group stage.

So says ex-Scottish Premiership striker Noel Whelan, speaking exclusively to Football Insider after the draw for the third qualifying round was made.

Uefa announced on 19th July that Rangers will play either Malmo or HJK Helsinki in the penultimate stage of the qualification process.

Rangers could have qualification sewn up by the time the second leg of the final play-off round is played on 25th August.

And Whelan predicts that we may see high-profile Ibrox departures after that date.

He told Football Insider‘s Dylan Childs: “I think they have got to give themselves every opportunity to keep every player there for now.

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“We’ve seen a lot of clubs having to get rid of big names to get some money back because it’s testing times for every club financially.

“But they do have players there who they can get money for, no doubt about that. So maybe after qualification is wrapped up they can think about it.

“But right now when you’re on the verge of Champions League football with a massive windfall on the line, the first thing you need to do is make sure you get into those group stages.

To do so, you’re going to need every player at your disposal. It brings in so much revenue to the football club”

In other news, big update on Kai Kennedy’s Rangers future as second bid received from Premier League big guns.