Nomadic former striker Noel Whelan has taken a bizarre pop at the mental strength of the Rangers squad in an ill-judged rant which is way wide of the mark and sounds like the ramblings of someone just out to generate a headline.
Speaking to Football Insider, Whelan was asked about Gerrard’s criticism of his players after the defeat to Kilmarnock and claimed there are too many “snowflakes” out there who want all the praise but none of the criticism.
Whelan, now a coach for Leeds United’s Academy, having played for Aberdeen, Livingston and Dunfermline north of the border in his career – thinks Gerrard was within his rights to criticise his players as he blasted the “snowflake” mentality.
“There are too many snowflakes out there now,” Whelan said.
“When you have had a great game you get all of the accolades and the pat on the back from the manager but if you have a bad game you get criticism. It is as simple as that.
“If you do not want to get criticised and you do not want 50,000 people to see you have a nightmare – go and work in an office.
“You know what comes with it – pressure, criticism and the pat on the back but you have to take the rough with the smooth, unfortunately. That demands having that character and strength of mind to be able to take it.”
The “snowflake” stuff is the sort of nonsense that guys who never-were hit out with, as well demanding a return to a flat 4-4-2, when they don’t have anything worthwhile to say.
Whelan has no idea the sort of mentality the players do or do not have at Ibrox and there’s been no suggestion from Gerrard – or anywhere else – that there are players who don’t fancy some criticism.
A prime example would be Borna Barisic, who has turned his Ibrox career around after being one of the senior players Gerrard tore strips off after a shambolic friendly against Liverpool’s U23 side last year.
Maybe next, Whelan can roll out some other lazy tropes as he tries to make a hackneyed point about players playing at a level he could only ever aspire to reach during his career.