Steven Gerrard says he will need Jordan Jones and George Edmundson in his Rangers squad after they complete their lengthy bans [RangersTV].
Some supporters have called for the club to go further by either ripping up their contracts or moving them on in January.
However, Gerrard has accepted the apologies issued by both players and is keen to reintegrate them into the group.
“I think the important thing here was to get the players out of the isolation period first and foremost,” he said [RangersTV]. “Then, it was to sit down with the players face to face and try to gauge the reactions as to how they feel and where they were at.”
“They were both very sad over the incident, they were both very remorseful and apologetic. They are full of regret. They wanted to apologise to the supporters and their teammates for their actions.
“In my position, it was time to support these two players, once I saw that reaction. It was the reaction I wanted to see and now it’s about me managing those two to get them back to being top players – because they’re good players and we need them here to help support us moving forward.”
The bans imposed by the Scottish FA ensure that Jones and Edmundson will be unavailable until the very end of December.
However, this public showing of support from Gerrard will be a big boost for both fringe men going forward.
The winger and the centre-back both missed out on the extended Rangers squad for the Europa League group stages and they had only made five appearances between them this season prior to this high-profile incident.
Yet, somewhat surprisingly, Gerrard clearly believes they both have considerable roles to play after the turn of the year and that this controversy need not define their Rangers careers.