Queen of the South manager Allan Johnston has admitted that it is “too early to say” if Rangers loanee Dapo Mebude will play for the Doonhamers again this season after being named as one of five players caught breaching Covid rules.

Mebude was caught with Calvin Bassey, Brian Kinnear, Nathan Patterson and Bongani Zungi at an address in Glasgow where police issued ten penalty notices, leaving Gers boss Steven Gerrard furious.

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Johnston during his time as Dunfermline boss  (Photo by Alex Morton/Getty Images)

Mebude, on loan at QotS with Gers Academy team-mates James Maxwell and Rhy Breen, was due to play in last night’s clash with Inverness but was forced to miss out after having to isolate.

Johnston confirmed he’ll speak to the Light Blues in the coming days to see what will happen next and whether the youngster will get back to Dumfries.

“We’re still taking advice from the SFA and Rangers,” Johnston said [Daily Record]

“We just need to wait until there is more clarity there. It’s too early to say if he’ll play for us again, we need to wait and speak to Rangers once everything settles down.

“We’ll speak to the SFA and see what the protocols are and take it from there. There was no contact with our squad. He’s not been in since.

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“I think the boy recognises himself he’s made a big mistake. He’s still a really young lad and hopefully he learns from it.”

The five players all face lengthy bans from the SFA but with Johnston’s side still having eleven games left, there could be a chance for Mebude to return to action.

With his Ibrox contract ending in the summer, Mebude will have been hoping to impress enough to either win a new deal at Rangers but that now looks dead in the water.

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Mebude makes his debut against Morton(Photo by Euan Cherry/SNS Group via Getty Images)

The next few months are going to be absolutely crucial for Mebude to salvage his career now and fulfil the potential he has shown in the Academy.

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