Whelan can't believe what Rangers have done behind the scenes after BBC Scotland update
Noel Whelan was left baffled by Rangers’ decision to stop Chris Sutton and Neil Lennon from entering Ibrox on Thursday.
The former Aberdeen hitman, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, reacted to Thursday afternoon’s developments.
Ahead of Thursday’s European clash at Ibrox, Sutton tweeted that he and Lennon had been stopped from entering Ibrox to do their television duties.
Sutton claims this was because Gers CEO Stewart Robertson informed them they were a “security risk”.
In a statement shared by BBC Scotland’s Chris McLaughlin, Rangers said they had “complied with all UEFA contractual obligations” regarding the broadcast.
After the game, Sutton swiped at Rangers in another tweet and simply said “didn’t miss much” after the Gers fell to another loss.
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The pundits never entered Ibrox as Rangers fell to a 2-0 defeat in their first Europa League group game.
Whelan insists there must have been logical reasons behind the “strange” move.
“It was a strange decision,” Whelan told Football Insider correspondent Ben Wild.
“Especially considering the circumstances, it was a big night for Rangers.
“I can’t believe it or get my head around it. But, for whatever reason, they thought it was the right thing to do and they made a decision.
“Those decisions can be made out of your hands and you have to abide by those rules.
“It was a shame and a really strange decision but there will be reasons behind it.”
A strike from Karl Toko Ekambi and a James Tavernier own goal condemned the Gers to a loss against Lyon.
In the other game in Rangers’ group, Sparta Prague drew 0-0 with Brondby.