Rangers manager Steven Gerrard thinks the Scottish FA should throw the book at the nine players cited for breaching Covid-19 protocols and insists everyone in Scottish football has had “more than enough warning” over their responsibilities.
Eight Aberdeen players and Celtic’s Boli Bolingoli all face charges after breaching strict rules which have been put in place to facilitate the return of football in Scotland – with First Minister Nicola Sturgeon warning the SPFL that the game is on a yellow card.
Gerrard believes that the players involved are “letting clubs down” and thinks the players “need to be punished.”
“I think everyone has had more than enough warning now,” he said, as quoted by the Glasgow Times.
“Of course players individually need to be punished because they are letting clubs down.
“That’s the way it should be. We all have had enough warning. It has been made clear to everyone, certainly here at Rangers, how we need to behave and what we need to do moving forward. That is to obey the guidelines and the rules.”
With Scottish football already on a knife-edge with the ongoing pandemic, the SFA and SPFL need to be seen to take a strong stance against anyone who breaches the rules.
A number of games have had to be postponed already as a result and any more incidents is likely to see the plug pulled on the league by the Scottish Government.
Given how strict the restrictions are, anything else from the governing bodies would turn it into open season and almost certainly see further breaches.