By Noel Whelan

1st May, 2020 | 11:37am

'Clubs need to trust Rangers' - Exclusive: Whelan backs whistleblower claim amid big development

Noel Whelan has urged Rangers not to divulge their evidence against the SPFL ahead of crunch meetings between clubs in Scotland.

The former Aberdeen striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, claims that handing out their whistleblower’s information would give officials the chance to cover themselves ahead of an investigation.

As revealed by Football Insider, the Light Blues are set to come under huge pressure to divulge their information in a meeting between the 12 top-flight clubs today (May 1).

It is understood that Scottish clubs plan to reject the Gers’ push for an independent investigation into the SPFL’s resolution vote if they do not hand over their ‘smoking gun’.

Rangers have publicly called out the governing body with several strongly-worded statements, claiming they hold evidence pointing to corruption over the bungled vote last month.

However, Whelan has urged the Glasgow giants not to divulge what information they have, warning that leaked information could compromise the proposed investigation.

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Whelan told Football Insider: “I think they’ve got to keep their cards close to their chest right now because you don’t want to start giving out evidence and getting it leaked.

“It would give the SPFL, if they’ve done something dodgy, the chance to cover themselves. I think they’ve got to keep that very, very tight lipped.

“A club wouldn’t come out saying they’ve got evidence if they didn’t have evidence because they don’t need to do that, Rangers. They’ve obviously got enough there that can pin them down and show that it’s not been done right by the SPFL. 

“I think other clubs need to trust Rangers, otherwise it wouldn’t be going down this route in the first place.”

Rangers have claimed that there was “bullying” and “coercion” of Scottish sides ahead of the resolution ballot, with Dundee controversially withdrawing their original no vote to support the SPFL’s proposal.

The Light Blues have called for the league’s chief executive Neil Doncaster and legal adviser Rod McKenzie to be suspended while an investigation was launched.

In other Rangers news, it can be REVEALED that an Ibrox player has an agreement in principle to join an English club this summer.