Cast your mind back to 2021 and Rangers duo Calvin Bassey and Nathan Patterson were being tipped for the Ibrox exit door let alone for the Premier League.
The two had just been caught up in a serious Covid-19 breach during a national lockdown as the papers had a field day and plenty of our own fans demanded they were sacked.
Joined by Brian Kinnear, Dapo Mebude and Bongani Zungu, Calvin and Nathan were two of five players who were part of a party of 10 broken up by police in Glasgow’s West End in February 2021 and who received fixed penalty notices.
Coming during the pandemic, the gathering was illegal but some have made themselves look rather foolish by calling for their heads in the aftermath.
The entire thing was intensified by earlier breaches from Jordan Jones and George Edmundson, who attended a party with members of the public earlier in the season.
For all intents and purposes, it appears the five Rangers players involved in the later breach were together with their partners, who were obviously in their bubble, and it appeared to be far less reckless than the earlier one, if not still a breach of regulations.
Rangers’ Calvin Bassey Nathan Patterson Covid stance pays dividends
Rangers were defiant in their defence of the five players, insisting context was needed before any punishment, but it did little to prevent it from the SFA.
Six game bans were handed out to all five players and the club sought to move swiftly on as the players came out and publicly apologised.
People make mistakes, and it’s clear that backing the Rangers Covid Five has proven a wise move for the Ibrox side as it protected assets like Calvin Bassey and Nathan Patterson.
Scotland international Nathan Patterson would leave the Ibrox club little under a year later in a deal with Premier League Everton which could eventually reach £16m [Sky Sports].
Calvin Bassey, coming off the back of a hugely impressive season at Ibrox, is also being linked to a host of Premier League clubs and is being rated higher than £25m.
That means that if Rangers had let the Covid Five leave then they would’ve potentially seen £41m in transfer revenue walk out the door with them.
It pays to protect your own interests and Rangers deserve credit for sticking to their guns and throwing their support behind the pair in 2021.
Speaking of the Covid Five, one player’s post-Ibrox career nosedive continues and he could be back playing in his home country.