Rangers manager Steven Gerrard has reminded his players of their responsibilities after Aberdeen jeopardised the entire season with a deliberate breach of the Scottish FA’s Covid guidelines.
After a number of Dons players were spotted in an Aberdeen pub, two have tested positive while six more are having to isolate, leading to today’s clash with St. Johnstone being postponed.
Gerrard reiterated that his players and staff can’t become complacent and have to remain professional at all times.
“We’ve reacted accordingly and we’ve already sat down with the players and reminded them of their responsibilities,” Gerrard said, speaking to the Glasgow Times.
“We did that on Friday morning before we left Germany. We do it quite regularly, but obviously there have been some developments while we were away so it does no harm to remind the players.
“It’s about making sure no one becomes complacent. We need to make sure that everyone is following the strict guidelines and the rules.
“We are doing everything we can to stay safe and play our part. The players all have to stay professional first of all and keep doing the right things.”
The Light Blues have already had to explain their own mis-step with testing after a number of players were involved in a B team game before their test results were back.
However, there’s no suggestion that there was any deliberate attempt by Rangers to circumvent the guidelines or simply ignore the protocols – as appears to be the case with the Aberdeen players.
With the return of football already hanging on a knife-edge, clubs and players have to do their absolute utmost to avoid any postponements or the season being halted completely.