Celtic manager and Rangers manager

Noel Whelan insists the SPFL’s proposal of an expanded Scottish Premiership would “enhance” the league despite backlash from Rangers.

The former Aberdeen hitman, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, believes adding more clubs would make the division “more exciting”.

The 12 top-flight clubs met on Friday afternoon to discuss the reconstruction of the SPL that would see relegation scrapped this season and the league expanded to 14 places.

As revealed by Football Insider, Rangers have been angered by the proposal and view it as a ploy to end the season prematurely and hand Celtic the league title.

However, Whelan claims an expanded top flight would only be good for Scottish football.

Whelan told Football Insider: “It’s not a huge league in the first place, is it? I don’t see it being a problem there.

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“I think it will enhance the Scottish Premiership, I think it will improve it – a bigger challenge in a bigger league.

“It’s not like it’s the Premier League where you would be having 23 teams in, you’ve got like 12 so two more teams added to that only makes it more exciting.

“More games, more challenges and better for some of the smaller teams to reach the Premiership in Scotland as well.” 

Celtic currently top the Premiership table by 13 points after playing 30 games, one more than Rangers.

At the bottom, Hearts are four points off 11th-placed Hamilton with Ross County and St Mirren a further two points ahead.

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