'Embarrassing' - Exclusive: Whelan rips into officials after latest Rangers update

Noel Whelan has been left fuming with the SPFL after Rangers manager Steven Gerrard tore into the governing body’s management.

The former Leeds and Aberdeen striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, slaughtered the “embarrassing” and “shambolic” leadership on show at the top of Scottish football during the Coronavirus pandemic.

Speaking to Sky Sports, Gerrard blasted the SPFL’s handling of a vote to abandon the season, saying they look “an absolute mess” and that there needs to be an independent investigation into the setup.

The Glasgow giants also launched another strong attack on the league governing body in a statement last night that repeated their call for an independent investigation and the suspension of the SPFL’s chief executive Neil Doncaster.

Gerrard’s damning comments and the club stance come after Dundee rescinded their initial vote before changing it to support the season being ended immediately.

Whelan insists he stands on the same side of the fence as the Rangers boss, blasting the lack of professionalism from the top brass at the SPFL.

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Whelan told Football Insider: “I think it’s nothing short of shambolic, quite honestly. I’m glad Steven Gerrard’s come out and publicly ripped into them.

“Sometimes when you’ve got a governing body like that you expect a certain amount of professionalism and things to be done in a certain way and it just hasn’t.

“It really hasn’t and sometimes it just shows what you’ve got to work with. He’s never been one to shy away and speak his voice, so hopefully this, now, will be listened to. It’s been a complete shambles, it’s been quite embarrassing.” 

The bottom three tiers of the Scottish football league have all been declared finished after Dundee’s decisive vote, meaning Dundee United finish as champions of the Championship.

Celtic currently sit 13 points ahead of Rangers in the Premiership, although the Hoops have played one game more than Gerrard’s men.

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