Barry Ferguson has laid into the ‘stupid and selfish’ Rangers players that were caught up in the latest violation of covid-19 protocols.

The Athletic recently reported that the club were investigating at least four players over a failure to comply with covid-19 lockdown restrictions after attending a party following the Light Blues victory over Kilmarnock on Saturday.

Calvin Bassey and Nathan Patterson are believed to be among the guilty group and former Gers captain Ferguson has expressed his disdain at the news.

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“When I first read of Rangers players being caught at an illegal party on Saturday night my initial reaction was one of sheer anger”, Ferguson said in his Daily Record column.

He added: I just kept asking myself, ‘Why?’ I couldn’t believe that they could be so stupid and selfish, considering the tough stance [Steven] Gerrard and the authorities took with Jordan Jones and George Edmundson.

“If I had been in that dressing room and trained with these guys and then had lunch with them and then it emerged they’d broken lockdown rules then I can only imagine how I would have felt.

“It’s crazy.”

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Never without drama

It is the last thing Gerrard needed ahead of a potentially season-defining week.

The Gers travel to Belgium to take on Royal Antwerp on Thursday in the first-leg of their Europa League round of 32 tie.

The Light Blues boss could have done without the dramatics that all this has brought on the club ahead of the game and he will be sick to the teeth of having to defend his players from the indefensible.

Ferguson is right to be annoyed – who is gripping hold of these players and reminding them of their responsibilities in the dressing room?

There is only so much the coaching staff can do and therefore questions have to be asked of the Gers senior players.

A respected figure, or a group of senior stars, needs to lay into this side and guide them as to what is and what is not acceptable at Rangers.

They are showing their class on the field, now it is time to show it away from the grass.

In other Rangers news, Dave King feared Celtic would win 30-in-a-row in Gers dark days.

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