By Noel Whelan

16th Feb, 2021 | 7:00am

Whelan verdict on SPL season suspension as Sturgeon fumes at Rangers

Noel Whelan insists Nicola Sturgeon won’t suspend the Scottish Premiership after “selfish” Rangers players broke Covid-19 rules. 

The former Aberdeen forward, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, claimed that stopping the season would be an unnecessarily drastic move by the Scottish First Minister.

Four Rangers players are alleged to have broken lockdown rules by attending a party following bans for Gers duo Jordan Jones and George Edmundson for a similar offence last November.

Football Insider exclusively broke the news at 7pm on Sunday that Rangers had launched an internal probe into the incident, which was confirmed by the club through a Twitter statement an hour later.

Previously, Sturgeon stated that Scottish football was on a ‘yellow card’ after Celtic and Aberdeen broke COVID rules earlier this season.

Speaking at a media briefing on Monday after the latest incident, the First Minister dropped dark hints as she revealed she was furious with Rangers, on the verge of swearing and demanded Scottish clubs “get their house in order”.

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Whelan doubts the Premiership will be stopped.

He told Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, “I don’t think she’ll suspend the season, I think that’s very drastic.

“What it is, is four players who have let down one club. Yes, there’s going to be implications. Yes, there’s going to be testing. Yes, there’s going to be isolating. 

“It’s something that will be punished and punished by Rangers as a club. They will come up with whatever punishment they see fit for these four.

“Nicola Sturgeon, I’m sure she’ll be sitting there cursing as well. The last thing you need to do is stopping the season when there’s no need. That would be drastic. 

 

“That’s not what’s needed. What’s needed is these people to stop being so selfish and realise that they’re not above the law.”

Rangers have issued no further comment since their Twitter statement on Sunday evening.

In other Rangers news, Whelan has claimed that the Gers may get rid of one player after the COVID breach.