Rangers fans told to 'listen' after BBC update pre-Brondby - pundit
Noel Whelan has insisted the next two Rangers Europa League games against strugglers Brondby are “must-win” clashes.
The former Aberdeen striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, claimed victory on Thursday would breed a “winning mentality” the Ibrox club could also use to overcome their poor league form.
As quoted by the BBC before the Brondby clash (October 20th), Rangers boss Steven Gerrard insisted he has no problem with the game being labelled a “must-win”.
He also swiped at talisman Alfredo Morelos, claiming his return of five in 15 this season is “not enough”.
The Colombian is on the cusp of a century of strikes for Rangers. He has scored 99 in 197 games for the Glasgow side.
Europa League knockout stage hangs in the balance for the Gers, who are pointless after two games.
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Whelan insisted back-to-back wins against the Danish side would not only progress them in Europe but also bring about a “winning mentality” useful in the Scottish Premiership.
“They’ve got to win both of those games to have any chance of qualifying – they’re must-win games,” he told Football Insider‘s Ewan Kingsbury.
“And listen, winning breeds winning. It gives you confidence and that winning mentality they will be able to take into the league games. The fans will need to hear that.
“But you’ve got to be able to handle the scheduling, it can be very tough – but that’s what success is all about.
“They may need to rotate to deal with it, but there’s nobody better to deal with those demands than Steven Gerrard and Gary McAllister.
“They know what it takes to be successful in Europe.”
Rangers reached the Round of 16 in the Europa League last season.
The Ibrox club sit top of the Scottish Premiership despite already dropping seven points after nine games.