By Nick Ware

20th Feb, 2021 | 10:30am

Chris Sutton hits out at 'inconsistent' Rangers remarks made by Nicola Sturgeon

Chris Sutton has rounded on Nicola Sturgeon for what he perceives to be unfair Old Firm treatment after her comments on the ‘Rangers Five’.

The Gers hit the headlines once again earlier this week after a number of players were caught up in a flagrant breach of the covid-19 protocols by attending a party.

Bongani Zungu and Calvin Bassey were among those castigated by the public and Sturgeon but former Hoops striker Sutton does not think that criticism has gone far enough.

Speaking in his Daily Record column Sutton hit out at the First Minister of Scotland, saying: “It’s bad enough Sturgeon and some officials are using the words they’re using but it’s not consistent.

“Sturgeon had a go at Celtic and Aberdeen at the beginning of the season and more or less ordered games to be postponed when Boli Bolingoli and the eight Dons players stepped out of line.

“Yet on other occasions it’s been a generalisation. In addressing the Rangers Five issue, she made it a generalisation for the entire game to get a grip.”

Paranoia at record heights

We can’t sit here and defend the shamed Gers quintet for their indiscipline and utter disrespect for the club and country as a whole.

It was wrong and quite rightly they will feel the full wrath of the law.

But Sutton is wrong to keep using our name to peddle his pro-Celtic propaganda.

The Rangers players were immediately denounced by Sturgeon and co so to suggest there has been leniency of sorts is strange to say the least.

Sturgeon made a general point on football because the issue is not limited to the Light Blues, as referenced by Sutton when he name-checked Aberdeen and the Hoops.

When multiple parties disobey the laws you don’t single out individuals or clubs out.

It was a reminder to all in Scottish football that they are not above the law and Sutton should take heed of the overall message rather than viewing everything as a conspiracy.

In other Rangers news, see our verdict on Alfredo Morelos’ return to first-team action.