Noel Whelan backed Steven Gerrard for calling out his Rangers players’ mentality in recent weeks and claimed players that cannot take criticism should “go and work in an office.”

The former Leeds United and Coventry forward, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, insisted there are “too many snowflakes” there and players need to learn to take the “rough with the smooth.”

Speaking to BT Sport after last week’s 2-1 defeat to Kilmarnock, the Rangers manager did not hold back in his criticism of his players.

When asked for his thoughts on Gerrard’s public dressing down of his players, Whelan told Football Insider: “It depends on what sort of character you have got in the changing room. Steven will be demanding tough mental players that can handle the players. I think it is right what he does.

“There are too many snowflakes out there now. When you have had a great game you get all of the accolades and the pat on the back from the manager but if you have a bad game you get criticism. It is as simple as that.

“If you do not want to get criticised and you do not want 50,000 people to see you have a nightmare – go and work in an office.

“You know what comes with it – pressure, criticism and the pat on the back but you have to take the rough with the smooth, unfortunately. That demands having that character and strength of mind to be able to take it.” 

The loss at Rugby Park was preceded by a draw at home to Aberdeen and a 2-1 defeat to Hearts.

Old Firm rivals Celtic have not dropped a point since the winter break and have subsequently opened up a 10 point lead in the race for the Scottish Premiership.

In other Rangers news, it can be REVEALED that Ibrox chiefs have been left baffled by one transfer decision.