By Darren Bent

15th May, 2020 | 10:00am

'Terrible...Disgrace' - Exclusive: Bent left fuming after latest Rangers statement

Darren Bent has blasted the “terrible” feud between Rangers and the SPFL after the vote over an external investigation into the governing body failed to pass.

The former Tottenham and England striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, insists that the saga has cast a shadow over Scottish football after a war of words in recent weeks.

In a statement issued after the EGM ballot – in which 13 clubs supported the proposal – the Gers claim that: “It is clear that many members have lost confidence in the SPFL leadership and the need for change will not diminish.”

Bent insists that the issue needs to be put to bed as soon as possible but admits having nearly a third of clubs back the Light Blues’ proposition makes it an awkward situation.

Bent told Football Insider: “It’s a tough one because 30 per cent is a chunk but it’s not a massive amount, it’s a bit of a difficult one.

“For whatever reason, however this situation plays out, this has been an awful look for Scottish football. However you want to look at it, it’s been an absolutely awful look for Scottish football.

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“It’s not gone down well at all, it looks like they’re at twos and threes, they can’t seem to get to a decision and it’s been terrible for Scottish football. If they can, solve it sooner rather than later.

“I know Rangers fans, I know Celtic fans, I know a couple of Hearts fans and they’re disheartened with it and they’ve called it a little bit of a disgrace.” 

The Glasgow giants had called for the suspension of SPFL chief executive Neil Doncaster and legal adviser Rod McKenzie after the controversial resolution vote.

The ballot saw the bottom three tiers of Scottish football ended with immediate effect after Dundee rescinded their initial vote to support the SPFL’s proposal.

In other Rangers news, Steven Gerrard has been tipped to consider selling a midfield mainstay for £8.8million.