Just as everything seemed to be going so swimmingly at Rangers, up steps the latest off-field drama to have the tabloids salivating and fans infuriated.
Rangers have confirmed they’ve launched an investigation with reports claiming up to four Rangers stars – of which Nathan Patterson and Calvin Bassey have been named – were at a house party over the weekend when it was broken up by police [Athletic].
Rangers are aware of an alleged incident which is subject to an internal investigation. We will make no further comment. pic.twitter.com/XVRhHWzWpJ
— Rangers Football Club (@RangersFC) February 14, 2021
There’s a feeling of a déjà vu about all this with Jordan Jones and George Edmundson suspended, condemned and then carted out on loan after a similar incident in November.
It certainly makes this worse, but this time around Rangers have kept their cards closer to their chest, the last incident being revealed by the Rangers media team and the club largely controlling the narrative.
Without any information from Rangers about what’s gone on, madness has ensued and without a shadow of a doubt, this situation is threatening to be blown out of all proportion.
If Bassey and Patterson – and anyone else – have attended a party then they will be dealt with by both the club and the footballing authorities.
Rangers fans – upset that they can’t get into grounds and with a title within grasp – are rightly frustrated by the notion players have broken rules but some of the criticism has been outlandish.
Some of the people demanding the club go and sell these two young talents may well be amongst those who would slam Ibrox chiefs for letting them go on the cheap if they went on to have top careers.
Give it time, be patient, and let’s clarify what’s gone on before making any hasty decisions, eh?
The fall-out, media frenzy and resultant negativity has inspired some to stir the pot when in this instance in particular, they’ve got no idea how big or how small it is.
The press – currently locked in battle with Rangers on numerous fronts – have gotten under the skin of plenty of fans with their slight nudges to null and void and the questioning of First Minister Nicola Sturgeon creating a bit of a frenzy.
The biggest – and probably most disappointing outcome – from this is if these guys have screwed up it’ll hamper their season and potentially see them miss out on valuable game time in their development.
Not only that, but it’ll put a considerable dampener on their campaign personally, one where the two players mentioned both properly broke into men’s football.
Rangers fans certainly have the right to be annoyed but let’s get some perspective here – these are younger squad members who have ultimately let themselves down by their actions.
For me, that doesn’t mean they need to be shipped out or slapped down or publicly slaughtered in the media – particularly when social media rumours and misinformation are driving the narrative.
I’ll trust how the club chooses to progress with this because they’ve handled previous incidents the right way.
Rangers are the verge of a legendary 55th title – this will not derail it – but perhaps if there is any lesson to be learned on the behalf of these kids, it centres around the fall-out.
Was dragging all this negativity and giving ammunition to negative voices really worth it at a time when the club stands on the brink of making history?
If these guys are going to make it in the game they need to understand this – so long as they play for a club like Rangers, they’re representing something way bigger than themselves.
One Scottish Premiership manager believes anyone involved in the breach will surely be banned as the Scottish topflight enters its final nine games.