By Noel Whelan

2nd May, 2020 | 7:00pm

'They've put cat among the pigeons' - Exclusive: Whelan reacts to BBC update on Rangers evidence

Noel Whelan has backed Scottish clubs to support Rangers in their push for an independent investigation into the SPFL and the resolution vote.

The former Aberdeen hitman, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, claims the Light Blues have been trailblazers in putting pressure on the governing body during the Coronavirus pandemic.

The Glasgow giants have been joined by Hearts and Stranraer in requisitioning an EGM between all 42 SPFL clubs this month.

It is stated that 32 of the 42 teams would need to back the proposal, with the Gers insisting they will provide evidence from a whistleblower proving corruption over the resolution vote.

The BBC report that Rangers will produce the evidence against the SPFL next week.

Whelan believes that Steven Gerrard’s side will get the support they need after standing their ground in the face of league officials.

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Asked if he thought Rangers would be backed by rival clubs, Whelan told Football Insider: “Yeah, you would have thought so. They’ve put the cat among the pigeons, haven’t they?

“If Kilmarnock had started doing this, no one would have probably listened but because it’s Rangers and such a big club, people actually respect the fact they’re willing to challenge the SPFL and get onto them from what’s been going on.

“Once they make that step and that leap, others will follow because I’m sure other clubs want answers regarding this issue but they probably just weren’t big enough of a club to put pressure on the Scottish FA. Rangers now will.”

The Light Blues have been embroiled in a war of words with the SPFL in recent weeks and have called for the suspension of chief executive Neil Doncaster and legal adviser Rod MacKenzie.

Doncaster has responded by urging Rangers to hand over the evidence they claim to have, saying their allegations are “unacceptable” and have caused “intolerable strain”.

In other Rangers news, Darren Bent has torn into a weak link at Ibrox that Celtic have taken advantage of.