FORMER Celtic star Charlie Nicholas reckons it’s time for Rangers to “stop whining” as they continue their revolt against the SPFL.

The Sky Sports News and media pundit believes the Ibrox side are attempting to disguise their own failings with his old club poised to be awarded their ninth successive title if the Hampden chiefs cannot find a way to complete the Premiership campaign amid the coronavirus pandemic lockdown.

Neil Lennon’s side surged to 13 points clear at the top of the league with only eight games left to play.

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The Hoops picked up 28 points of the available 30 since the return from the midwinter break, their only hiccup coming jinx team Livingston in the 2-2 stalemate in West Lothian on March 4.

Steven Gerrard’s outfit, on the other hand, lost to Hearts, Kilmarnock and Hamilton Accies and drew with Aberdeen and St Johnstone to shed 13 points over the same period.

To add to their misery, the Ibrox club toppled out of the Scottish Cup at Tynecastle while the Parkhead men won through to a semi-final with Aberdeen which was due on Easter Sunday.

Continuing their battle against the SPFL, Rangers’ push for an EGM was granted yesterday with the country’s 42 clubs heading again for the ballot box on Tuesday, May 12.

Interim chairman Douglas Park insists his club have evidence of alleged wrongdoing at an “appropriate time” in the wake of the vote to finish the season in the three divisions outwith the top flight.

That resulted in Dundee United, Raith Rovers and Cove Rangers being handed the title to their respective leagues while Partick Thistle and Stranraer were relegated.

Former Celts hero Nicholas, writing in his Daily Express column, stated: “Rangers need to stop whining and moaning like a baby. It is time to move on.

“Ibrox chairman Douglas Park, pushing for an independent inquiry into how the SPFL handled the lower-league vote, yet they don’t want to share any information they have on why they are questioning it.

“What exactly do they want? They don’t want Celtic winning the title, that much is clear.

“They want the season declared null and void to camouflage their own failures on the pitch.

“Celtic have done the best thing possible, which is staying out of the arguments because they don’t need to get involved and they also have the most to lose.

“I find it heartbreaking that so many influential figures and clubs have turned so negative at a time when our game is already on its knees.”


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Acclaimed author Alex Gordon wrote the biography of Scotland international legend Denis Law, entitled 'King and Country'. He is a former columnist with World Soccer magazine and Scottish correspondent of respected European journal L'Equipe.

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