By Noel Whelan

7th Mar, 2020 | 7:08pm

'You can't hide' - Ibrox Exclusive: Ex-striker reacts to 'Shocking' Rangers player admission

Noel Whelan admits that James Tavernier’s comments about his Rangers teammates were “shocking but honest” after their recent form.

The former Leeds and Aberdeen striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, says it is blatantly obvious the Ibrox squad have struggled to cope with the pressure on their shoulders.

Writing his captain’s notes for the matchday programme, Tavernier said: “Whenever anybody puts a bit of pressure on us in Scotland or gets in our face it seems to affect us too much…We are not good enough domestically to react to that.”

Whelan says that the Ibrox captain is only telling the truth, insisting the players have failed to cope with the high expectations.

Asked about the 28-year-old’s comments, Whelan told Football Insider: “Shocking, but honest. 

“He’s with his players week in, week out, training, at the games, in the training room when they’ve not stood and been counted for.

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“He finds out a lot but yeah, look, you can’t hide behind it, you just can’t. There are thousands there watching, watching on TV, they’ve crumbled. 

“Their attitude and character’s been frail and when the pressure’s been on Celtic have dealt with it because they’ve been in that position before. Unfortunately, there’s a lot of new players learning about that pressure at Rangers.” 

Rangers have lost their last two games, against Hearts in the Scottish Cup and Hamilton in the Premiership.

Ahead of Sunday’s clash with Ross County, they are now 16 points adrift of Celtic with two games in hand.

In other Rangers news, the club have slashed the asking price for one senior star.