'It is theft...' - Exclusive: Whelan reacts to Robertson's Rangers season-ticket update

Noel Whelan insisted it is “theft” if clubs do not refund their season ticket holders after Rangers announced they would make refunds available to fans.

The former Leeds United and Aberdeen forward, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, claimed it is “the only right thing to do” in time where fans are struggling just as much as football clubs financially.

Gers chief Stewart Robertson last week revealed that season ticket holders will be eligible for refunds after initially offering a £25 voucher in compensation for games fans could no longer attend.

However, after the season was curtailed the Gers have announced that they will rebate supporters if they contact the club and explain their circumstance.

Whelan was adamant refunds were the only option irrespective of the promise to invest any capital straight back into the club.

“It is great to hear but it is the only right thing to do,” he told Football Insider.

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“If you do not give them their money back you are basically stealing. It is theft of people that work hard week in, week out, busting themselves to get season tickets.

“If the games have to continued then they are paying for nothing and it needs to be refunded. It is as simple as that.

“Right now fans need the money more than ever.”

Robertson told RangersTV: “We appreciate the supporters and hospitality clients didn’t get those final games of the season.

“What we will ask, and what you can hopefully see, is that the funds from those season tickets and hospitality purchases have all been invested in the club.

“We appreciate that the supporters, and some in particular will have experienced hardships. If those supporters want refunds then obviously that’s there and we will facilitate that for them.”

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