By Noel Whelan

21st Jun, 2021 | 4:00pm

Whelan: Groundbreaking Rangers scheme will be copied by multiple clubs after Monday development

Noel Whelan has hailed Rangers as their fans have the option to buy shares in the club as of today.

The former Aberdeen hitman, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, claims the Gers are leading the way when it comes to fan representation.

The Glasgow giants announced on June 1st that supporters would be able to buy shares in the club up to the value of £100,000.

The target is for Rangers to raise £6.75million through the share issue.

The scheme went live on Monday (21st June) and, if successful, could prove to be a boost to the cub’s finances.

Whelan claims more clubs will follow Rangers’ example, especially after the recent European Super League debacle.

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“Every club should start looking at bringing the fans in,” Whelan told Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs.

“Especially after the super six breakaway. It’s really important they have a massive say on their club and credit to Rangers for giving them that.

“I don’t care what anyone says regarding chairmen, the fans make the club.

“The chairman puts the money in but we’ve all noticed the big impact not having fans in the ground has had.

“It takes away every single part of the emotion, the excitement, the build up.

“The fans need to be integrally involved in decisions on how the club is run and how it goes forward.

“You have to listen to the opinions because they count, they count for a lot.

“It’s great and I think most other clubs will see that and look to do something similar.”

Rangers have only made one signing this summer with Fashion Sakala set to arrive at Ibrox in the coming weeks.

He joins on a free from Belgian side KV Oostende.

In other news, Rangers will be sweating over “nightmare” injury blow, claims Hutton.