Scottish FA finally charge Rangers quintet over Covid breaches
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Scottish FA finally charge Rangers quintet over Covid breaches

Rangers players Calvin Bassey, Brian Kinnear, Dapo Mebude, Nathan Patterson and Bongani Zungu have been hit by a Scottish FA notice of complaint over their Covid breach, the SFA has confirmed.

The Ibrox quintet were caught at an address in Glasgow and will have a hearing on March 25, where they will likely be hit with lengthy bans.

Nathan Patterson celebrates after he scores his team’s second goal during the UEFA Europa League Round of 32 match between Rangers and Royal Antwerp  (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Ibrox colleagues Jordan Jones and George Edmundson were both given seven-game bans for a similar breach and the current crop face similar as a result of the incident, which also saw them issued fines by police.

They are charged with breaching Disciplinary Rules 24 and 77, like Edmundson and Jones, after the incident in the early hours of Valentines Day.

Patterson has started recently for Steven Gerrard’s side with James Tavernier and Len Balogun so the Gers will be hoping both are available should Patterson get a ban.

Zungu has also appeared for the first-team since the incident, while Mebude scored his first senior league goal at the weekend when he netted for Queen of the South on loan.

With the players set to be ruled out for a number of games, it comes at the worst possible time for them with the league wrapped up and Gerrard likely to give more minutes to fringe players.

Mebude in action of Queen of the South (Photo by Euan Cherry/SNS Group via Getty Images)

Rangers have written to First Minister Nicola Sturgeon to raise worries about how the government has responded to the incident at George Square, challenging much of what deputy first minister John Swinney claimed in an address to the public yesterday.

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