Rangers manager Steven Gerrard has confirmed the five players involved in the Covid breach on Saturday night – and Gers fans are disappointed to see’ future captain’ Nathan Patterson involved.
Patterson, Dapo Mebude, Academy keeper Brian Kinnear, Calvin Bassey and South Africa international Bongani Zungu were among ten people issued fixed penalty notices by Police Scotland on Sunday morning.
“Bongani Zungu is involved,” Gerrard said [Rangers TV]
“Nathan Patterson, Calvin Bassey and Dapo [Mebude], who is obviously a part of the Academy and on-loan at Queen of the South at the moment, and a young goalkeeper who is an Academy player but has spent some time around the first-team as well, Brian Kinnear.”
All five are now isolating and will be dealt with internally as well as facing the likelihood of lengthy Scottish FA bans on top.
George Edmundson and Jordan Jones were hit with seven-match bans earlier in the season for similar and the quintet will likely face something along the same lines.
Fans on Twitter were far from happy at their actions, with some singling out Patterson as a particular disappointment.
Here are some of the comments from Rangers fans on Twitter:
Handled perfectly by our manager. Can see how disappointed he is. Hope the party was worth it boys, I hope you never pull on the royal blue jersey again regardless of age, potential or what have you in my eyes you are finished. https://t.co/8sJoX3OqMG
— Easy Lionel (@RheiceMulgrah) February 17, 2021
Really really poor week off the park for Rangers. https://t.co/B4YqzCnPw5
— . (@Footballstewart) February 17, 2021
Still raging about Patterson. Could have been to us what Tierney was to them.
— four wins and a draw (@mentalitygiant1) February 17, 2021
Leon King on the bench then I’d imagine https://t.co/jJ8mU3fAfD
— Aaron Douglas (@wee_dougy) February 17, 2021
Five players breaching regulations.
All deserved to be chased.
— Stevie (@enclosureloyal) February 17, 2021
He's said a few controversial things to protect the likes of Morelos etc in the past but the way he's dealt with Covid breaches etc is exceptional. Made an example of Jones and Edmundson and doing exactly the same with these boys. Total opposite to Lennon https://t.co/kAfFtPHJ7I
— Dylan Stewart (@Sup3rs0nic1884) February 17, 2021
So disappointed in Nathan Patterson. I though the boy was future captain material and has really let himself down. Couldn't care less about the rest- all easily replaced.
— Anniesland Loyal RFC (@AnnieslandLoyal) February 17, 2021
Well the positive is that none of the core of regular starters were involved, but young Patterson is someone we all probably saw massive potential in, who knows what his future now holds
— Bills truth Stand (@Maccus74) February 17, 2021
Actually “entitled brats “come to mind. It hard to take and could ve had bigger implications for the club and their wonderful fans.
— YASEMIN63 (@YASEMIN6310) February 17, 2021
Gerrard confirmed talks were ongoing with the Government and Scottish FA over the next steps