By Kevin Phillips

11th Apr, 2020 | 4:49pm

'Only takes one or two bad eggs...' - Exclusive: Phillips reacts to Rangers four reported talks

Kevin Phillips has lauded the senior Rangers quartet who spearheaded the wage deferral and claims it is evidence of a united squad. 

The former Sunderland and Southampton striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, insisted the talks were a clear demonstration of the “great team spirit” Steven Gerrard has instilled in his squad.

According to The Athletic, four senior players were the driving force behind the deferral of the first team, coaching staff and executive directors’ wages.

A leadership group, consisting of club captain James Tavernier, Steven Davis, Ryan Jack, and Allan McGregor, approached senior officials after talks with the backroom staff.

The aforementioned groups will take a 50% wage deferral over the next three months to help ensure the long-term financial security of the club.

When asked by Football Insider for his reaction to the decision earlier this week, Phillips said: “Credit to those players. They would not have done it unless everyone was comfortable with it financially.

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“It tells you that they have a great team spirit up there. They have all bought into it collectively. It is a sign of a good team spirit.

“Stevie knows you can only be successful when you have a group of players that buy into everything. You need to have a good camp. It only takes one or two bad eggs to spoil it.”

Celtic followed suit yesterday, announcing that the first-team, Neil Lennon, his background staff and club executives will all take “significant” salary reductions.

Scottish football was suspended indefinitely in early March and a return date is so far unclear with the UK still under strict social distancing guidelines.

In other Rangers news, it can be REVEALED that club do not expect 26-year-old to play for the club again as exit nears.