Five Rangers players were braced to learn their fates on Monday for allegedly breaching Covid regulations last month, but a mystery SFA hold-up ensures the wait continues for the verdicts.
The Daily Record reported on Monday night that although the outcome of last week’s hearing had been expected at some stage that day, it would be Tuesday before details on any punishments were given out.
Nathan Patterson, Calvin Bassey, Bongani Zungu, Dapo Mebude and Brian Kinnear are the players involved.
They will all be nervously awaiting the news but Rangers will only really be affected by potential bans for Patterson, Bassey and Zungu, given that Mebude and Kinnear are currently out on loan at Queen of the South and Annan Athletic respectively.
Given the precedent set by seven-match bans given to Jordan Jones and George Edmundson in November 2020, though, it’s likely that a seizable triple blow is heading the club’s way.
With skipper James Tavernier currently out injured, a substantial ban for backup right-back Patterson would likely cause Steven Gerrard the biggest headache.
However, with Ryan Jack currently sidelined, he could do without losing Zungu as a midfield option, while if Bassey is ineligible for the post-split Premiership fixtures, Borna Barisic will be the only recognised left-back in the matchday squads.
Given that the incident took place well over a month ago, it’s remarkable that it still hasn’t been fully dealt with by the footballing authorities.
However, it seems an update is now only a matter of hours away and the five players will soon find out whether or not they have a chance of featuring again during the 2020/21 campaign.
Meanwhile, a talented Gers loanee is still waiting for his debut at a Premiership club, almost six months after heading out of Ibrox.