By Noel Whelan

29th Sep, 2021 | 8:00am

Pundit slams 'double standards' in Rangers and Celtic controversy as SPFL appeal reported

Noel Whelan has urged the SPFL to stop Rangers and Celtic barring away fans from attending matches.

The former Leeds striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, claimed that other Scottish sides would not be permitted to take the same action if the roles were reversed.

The Daily Record today (September 28th) reported that Motherwell and Hearts have appealed to the SPFL to demand answers about why the Old Firm rivals are allowed to prevent away fans from attending.

The Daily Mail also reports that Hearts are ready to launch a formal complaint ahead of their trip to Ibrox next month.

Both Rangers and Celtic have refused to permit entry to away fans during any match this season.

This reportedly came about as a result of Covid-19 ‘red zone’ rules.

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However, no relaxation of the Glasgow rivals’ hard stance has been forthcoming since the move away from pandemic-induced restrictions.

Whelan claimed the continued away fan lockout is evidence of “double standards” in Scottish football.

“We know how strong the two Glasgow sides are, they’re kind of the heartbeat of the league because of the success and influence they have,” he told Football Insider‘s Ewan Kingsbury.

“If the boot was on the other foot, I’m sure there would have been action taken already.

“It seems a bit like double standards, in my opinion. It’s important to give these clubs proper reasons why their fans can’t attend.

“If it were the other way round, I don’t think the league would have even allowed this to happen.”

Motherwell claimed a 1-1 draw away at Rangers despite having no away fans in attendance.

The Daily Record report states the complaining clubs want a response before the end of September.

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