Rangers boss Steven Gerrard has rejected the ridiculous notion that players were treated differently regarding the Covid-19 breaches at Ibrox.
Some quarrelsome voices – such as ex-Celtic star Chris Sutton – have stirred the pot in Govan regarding the treatment of the so-called Covid Five compared to George Edmundson and Jordan Jones, who were involved in a breach earlier in the season.
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Many have also been left with egg on their faces after they demanded the five players had their Ibrox careers cut short and are scrambling as a result, but Gerrard has cut the nonsense.
Jones and Edmundson might be out on loan but those decisions were mutual ones and not as a direct result of the breaches earlier in the campaign.
Speaking to the press, Gerrard also made it clear that all seven players involved in Covid-19 breaches this season have been given the same short shrift by the club with SFA punishment still to come.
“There is definitely contact between the SFA and our club. I’m not sure whether we are waiting for them or they are waiting for us – to be honest, I’ve just been concentrating on training and games. I’ve left it to the people who deal with these things,” said Gerrard [Glasgow Times].
“The boys are back in the group and it’s important to say they are not being treated any differently to the previous two.
“They have been dealt with exactly the same in terms of fines. They all had to self-isolate for the correct amount of time under the government guidelines.
“They were suspended by the club for the same amount of time and fined exactly the same amount in terms of weeks’ wages.
“They were dealt with the same in terms of one-to-one conversations with me.
“I told them all the same in terms of what I thought and all the same in that they had a second chance to play for Rangers again.
“The only difference is that the two previous lads were desperate to play and wanted to go out on loan. That was their decision as much as mine.
“But it’s important for me to stress that no-one is being treated differently from anyone else.”
The situation has a greater spotlight on it after Nathan Patterson – one of the players involved in the breach – took to the pitch and scored against Royal Antwerp in the Europa League.
The full-back is also likely to start against Livingston with the Gers short at right-back as a result of injuries to captain James Tavernier and back-up Leon Balogun.