Noel Whelan has heaped praise on the entire Rangers squad after their title triumph but reserved special praise for Connor Goldson and Ianis Hagi.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Aberdeen striker insisted squads need reliable players like Goldson and applauded Hagi’s attitude when he has been dropped to the bench.

Goldson, 28, has not missed a minute of action across all competitions this season and has captained the side in James Tavernier’s absence recently.

Hagi has scored seven goals and provided 11 assists in 36 appearances this term, including 27 starts.

Asked for his assessment of Goldson’s campaign, Whelan told Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs: “An ever-present and sometimes you need these players who are there week in, week out.

“Who doesn’t want to be in that side when you’re going out and winning week in, week out? You’ll play with injuries, you’ll play with niggles just to feel that euphoria of winning, that feeling inside and to feel that progression to what they’ve just achieved, the title.

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“Most players there when called upon, whether it’s substitutes or stand-in players, have come in and been part of it, they’ve contributed.


“There’s not been one player that has sulked and spat their dummy out. Everyone has been together in this and everyone has had the right reaction when chosen to play.

“You look at Hagi, who’s sitting on the bench. He comes off and gets a goal then gets another start and gets a goal. Everyone has contributed – from the experienced to the young players.”

In other news, Danny Mills has tipped Rangers to dominate Celtic for “three, four years” as they approach a 43-year-old to potentially be their new manager.