Noel Whelan claims that Rangers should have spoken to the SPFL behind the scenes before launching an all-out attack over their behaviour.

The former Leeds and Aberdeen striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, insists the saga has been “embarrassing” for the Glasgow giants after they saw their push for an external investigation quashed by rivals.

The SPFL confirmed on Tuesday afternoon that member clubs had voted against launching an independent inquiry into the controversial resolution vote, with less than a third of the 42 sides supporting the proposal.

Following the crunch meeting, Rangers continued their push for change with a statement that said: “A management culture fears accountability and scrutiny, but which actively campaigns against it, is unhealthy and breeds continued mistrust.”

Having seen the Gers and the SPFL locked in a war of words over the past couple of weeks, Whelan believes the Glasgow giants would have been better off taking a less public approach.

Whelan told Football Insider: “I think they, maybe, needed to talk to the SPFL more privately and one-on-one with the evidence that they had.

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“Rather than withholding it and threatening behaviour towards the SPFL, regarding these two people, maybe a sit down meeting would have been more effective and the right way to go about it.

“Putting it out there in the media that they’ve got this evidence and passing it on to clubs before them, now it seems a little bit embarrassing on their part for what they have. What they have is pretty much nothing.” 

The Gers called for the suspension of SPFL chief executive Neil Doncaster and legal adviser Rod McKenzie after making allegations of “bullying” and “coercion”.

Clubs like Aberdeen, Stranraer, Inverness Caledonian Thistle and Hearts all publicly backed an independent investigation.

In other Rangers news, Football Insider can reveal Peter Lawwell’s one-word statement over the Light Blues’ dossier of evidence.