Rangers manager Steven Gerrard and sporting director Ross Wilson have issued a joint ‘supporter update’ after Nathan Patterson, Bongani Zungu and Calvin Bassey returned to training – and insisted the players had been left in “no uncertain terms” what was expected after they were caught breaching Covid rules.

The trio and Academy duo Dapo Mebude and Brian Kinnear were all caught at an address in Glasgow, forcing them to isolate and leaving them sweating over an SFA punishment.

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The Gers boss has been left without Patterson at the same time as skipper James Tavernier (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Gerrard and Wilson thanked the fans for their “resolute support and loyalty” as they confirmed all five players had been hit by “strong” sanctions by the club – and assured fans they have shown remore for their actions.

“Firstly, we recognise that it is a huge honour to represent our club and the Rangers fanbase across the world,” they said [Rangers TV]

“Over the course of the last week, we have both ensured that all our players understand our expectations when you are part of this great club.

“The players involved have been left in no uncertain terms as to the standards that everyone here is expected to adhere to. It has been an extremely difficult week for those players following their admission of an error of judgement whilst dealing with the consequences of their actions.

 

“Our internal discussions were supported by the immediate honesty shown by the players and an appreciation they fell well below the standards we expect at Rangers Football Club, day in and day out. Those standards form the foundation that we have set as a club in order to achieve our targets as a team.

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“The first-team squad players have now returned to Auchenhowie. We are both now satisfied that the players completely understand their obligations to our club and accept with sincerity the strong disciplinary sanctions that we have imposed upon them for letting us all down.

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Gerrard prior to the Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership match between Hamilton Academical and Rangers  (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

“We accept their apologies to the club, their team mates and the fans, for whom we are forever grateful for their resolute support and loyalty.”

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