Rangers’ Scottish Cup exit at the hands of St Johnstone means that at least three Ibrox first-teamers have already played their final games of the season.
Nathan Patterson, Calvin Bassey, and Bongani Zungu were the three most senior in a group of five players who had four-match bans for the rest of the season upheld last week.
The so-called Rangers Covid Five had breached Covid-19 protocols earlier in the year by attending a house party during a national lockdown which was broken up by police.
Rangers appealed the original ban – which includes another two games suspended until the start of next season – on the basis that there was an alarming lack of consistency in decision-making.
Despite the appeal faltering, the club have reiterated that they “remain disappointed” in the result and criticised the approach taken by the SFA to decision-making [Rangers].
The three first-teamers in question have served one game of their four-match bans for this campaign with only three games now remaining of the Scottish Premiership campaign.
Had Rangers reached the Scottish Cup semi-final or even final then the players would’ve been available for at least another two matches this season.
It’s a bitter blow for the players themselves who have seen their season ended by what was an uninspiring Rangers performance in the penalty defeat to St Johnstone.
Rangers manager Steven Gerrard described the defeat as “not good enough” as yet another domestic cup competition passes the Ibrox club by, meaning the Gers have won just one of nine trophies during Gerrard’s tenure.
Rangers fans were exceptionally critical of the defeat online with plenty voicing their near-unanimous concerns regarding the performance of their side.