Rangers’ Covid Five have been six games by the Scottish FA – and Gers fans on Twitter think the players have been lucky to be able to return to the side before the club gets the Premiership trophy against Aberdeen in May.
Nathan Patterson, Calvin Bassey, Bongani Zungu, Brian Kinnear, and Dapo Mebude were caught breaching Covid regulations in February with police issuing penalty notices at an address in Glasgow.
All five were charged by the Scottish FA with breaching Disciplinary Rule 24 and Disciplinary Rule 77 earlier this month and had a disciplinary hearing on Thursday before learning their fate this afternoon.
The players will serve four matches immediately and two matches will be suspended until end of season 2020/21 with games in both the league and Scottish Cup included in the bans.
That means that as things stand Patterson, Zungu and Bassey will miss the Scottish Cup tie against Cove Rangers, as well as Premiership fixtures against Hibs, St Johnstone and Celtic.
A win over the League One side however will mean that with the next two rounds to be played the weekends of April 17 then April 24, the trio will be available for the fourth Old Firm game of the season on May 2 and then the visit of Aberdeen to Ibrox for troph day.
Kinnear and Mebude will also be able to return before the end of the season with their respective loan sides having more than four games left to finish the campaign.
After their punishment was confirmed, fans took to Twitter as they looked forward to te
Here are some of the comments from Rangers fans after the bans were confirmed for the five players:
Nathan Patterson available for trophy day. The young man can count himself very lucky. https://t.co/iKGV3jq0AA
— Iain (@CemetryGates89) March 30, 2021
Doesn't even matter 🤣🤣🤣 pic.twitter.com/Cozk9DyeGU
— P3D_rooo (@P3D_rooo) March 30, 2021
Back in time for trophy day 🇬🇧🇬🇧🇬🇧🇬🇧
— DavidIPM149 (@rwm149) March 30, 2021
That’s not the 7 games I was expecting. Don’t think any Rangers fan would have argued with them getting the same again.
Means Patterson, Zungu and Bassey are back for trophy day https://t.co/GRjLNCuhB1
— Greig (@GreigC22) March 30, 2021
Players must be delighted with that. Fairly lenient. pic.twitter.com/JsQBBY53jd
— . (@Footballstewart) March 30, 2021
Back in time for trophy day
— 𝚁𝚊𝚗𝚐𝚎𝚛55𝚙𝚊𝚛𝚎𝚜 (@Ranger55pares) March 30, 2021
Just so all Septic fans are aware.
Yes, the suspensions were delayed until after the league title was secured, because you have been right all along that the SPFL and SFA have been conspiring against you.
Just in case you had any sort of doubts about that or anything 😉😘 https://t.co/BwMnrVbkIV
— James (@HeartAndHamez) March 30, 2021
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