Noel Whelan claims Rangers “will not let this go” despite Scottish clubs voting against an investigation into the SPFL’s conduct over the bungled ballot.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, the former Aberdeen striker suggested the Gers’ will continue in their efforts having been so adamant of wrongdoing.

Only 13 clubs yesterday voted in favour of an independent investigation into the conduct of the governing body, 19 short of the 32 needed to begin the probe.

The Gers released a statement shortly after, insisting the result shows Scottish football’s “loss of confidence” in the SPFL and reiterated their call for change.

All eyes will now be on the SPFL with fears the Scottish Premiership may follow the lower leagues in ending early.

When asked by Football Insider if the Gers will concede defeat against the SPFL after their call for an investigation was voted down, Whelan said: “It is very hard to get your way against a governing body like the SPFL.

“They were not worried about it and they think it is just something out of nothing. It will be interesting to see how Rangers respond.

“I understand other clubs do not want to come out and back Rangers publicly because they are worried about upsetting a big organisation like the SPFL.

“Rangers are a massive club as well, if they want to continue to pursue it and feel strongly enough about it then they will not let this go. They are adamant they want to carry this through. It is difficult going up against any governing body.”

Following a day of extraordinary drama, the Rangers club statement ended by saying, “The status quo cannot hold.”

The Gers’ call was defeated despite the club offering to pay for the independent investigation.

In other Rangers news, Alan Hutton has told Football Insider club will be “frontrunners” in race against Leeds for young attacker.