Rangers' 'Covid Five' punishments confirmed after Scottish FA hearing
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Rangers' 'Covid Five' punishments confirmed after Scottish FA hearing

Rangers quintet Nathan Patterson, Bongani Zungu, Calvin Bassey, Brian Kinnear and Dapo Mebude have been given six-game bans by the Scottish FA after breaching Covid regulations earlier this year.

The players were caught breaching the rules at an address in Glasgow last month and had their case heard by the SFA’s disciplinary panel last week, with the outcome confirmed this afternoon.

Bongani Zungu arrives ahead of the Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership match between St.Mirren and Rangers  (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

All five were internally disciplined by the club after a period of quarantine with Kinnear subsequently heading out on loan as the lower leagues resumed earlier this month.

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They were charged by the Scottish FA with breaching Disciplinary Rule 24  and Disciplinary Rule 77 and will serve four games immediately with two more suspended.

With skipper James Tavernier injured, Patterson has had regular minutes in recent weeks and his absence is sure to be felt as the Light Blues wait on Tavernier recovering.

Zungu and Bassey have remained on the fringes of Steven Gerrard’s side while Mebude has been on loan with Championship side Queen of the South, coming off the bench in the surprise 3-2 win for the Doonhamers at Tynecastle on Saturday.

In a joint statement released by Gerrard and Ross Wilson last month, the pair didn’t mince their words when they spoke publicly about the repercussions for the players after the breach, insisting they were fully aware of the severity of the incident while being “forever grateful” for the support given from fans.

The Gers’ next game is against Cove Rangers in the Scottish Cup this Sunday before a return to Scottish Premiership action a week later against Hibs.

Dapo Mebude evading Morton’s Michael Ledger during a Scottish Championship match between Queen of the South and Morton (Photo by Euan Cherry/SNS Group via Getty Images)

The Light Blues also have league games against St. Johnstone (21/4 a), Celtic (2/5 h), Livingston (12/5 a) and Aberdeen (15/5 h) as well possibly four more games in the Scottish Cup

Meanwhile, a fellow Rangers star’s World Cup hopes have been boosted after a second consecutive impressive international display.

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