Noel Whelan has claimed Rangers have “let themselves down” after they were knocked out of the Scottish Cup.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Aberdeen and Leeds United striker claimed the result “massively tarnishes” the Light Blues’ season even though they have won the Scottish Premiership title.

Steven Gerrard’s side lost on penalties to St Johnstone on Sunday to end their hopes of winning two domestic honours this season.

Speaking on talkSPORT yesterday, Jim White claimed things are now ‘not so sweet’ for Gerrard in Glasgow and pointed to the Gers only winning one trophy in three seasons under the former Liverpool captain.

Whelan backed White’s claim and said the cup exit was a “massive blow”.

“Rangers were huge favourites to win the Scottish Cup and do the double after knocking out Celtic,” he told Football Insider.

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“It is a really wasted opportunity by Steven Gerrard.

“They have really let themselves down here because they should be lifting the Scottish Cup and the Premiership trophy. They did not get it over the line though and they only have themselves to blame.

“There will have been a lot of questions in the dressing room after that performance because they had lots of opportunities to kill the game off.

“This massively tarnishes their season. It is a wasted opportunity and a big blip in their season.

“It is a massive blow to Steven Gerrard and his players. They had such a big opportunity.”

In other news, two Premier League clubs have joined Rangers in the race to sign an exciting Dutch defender.