Noel Whelan did not hold back when giving his view on Rangers being knocked out of the Scottish Cup.
Steven Gerrard’s team lost to St Johnstone on penalties in a competition that they were big favourites to win with Celtic already out.
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The Ibrox faithful have now missed the opportunity to win a Domestic Double having already secured the Scottish Premiership title, and former SPFL player Whelan launched a scathing attack on the Gers when talking to Football Insider:
“Rangers were huge favourites to win the Scottish Cup and do the double after knocking out Celtic.
“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.”
Rangers waste great opportunity
Rangers missed a huge chance to claim a Domestic Double at the expense of their bitter rivals Celtic and only have themselves to blame.
Having won the SPFL title very early on, and getting knocked out of the UEFA Europa League at the hands of Slavia Prague, the pathway was clear for them to go all the way in the Scottish Cup, but they have failed to take their opportunity.
Gerrard’s men could well have put the icing on top of a delicious cake if they were to win the cup, but we feel Whelan may still be being a bit harsh, given how fans have suffered watching their arch-rivals lift trophy after trophy in the last decade.
At the end of the day, the pendulum has swung back, and only one team in Glasgow will be celebrating this term.
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