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Alex McLeish has called for the Rangers board to give the party-five some leeway in their punishments after breaking COVID-19 protocols.

Steven Gerrard named Nathan Patterson, Calvin Bassey, Bongani Zungu, Brian Kinnear and Dapo Mebude as the perpetrators last week.

All five are currently in self-isolation and are being kept away from the club, with McLeish claiming that there has to be some give-and-take to help the younger players understand.

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Speaking exclusively to Ibrox News, McLeish said, “I think they deserve to be dealt with swiftly and effectively.

“These are incredible times that we are in. There have been behaviour patterns all over the world, not only just in football but other sports, it’s unusual.

“There has to be a bit of give and take, and some leeway and an understanding of the whole thing, because some of the young ones are not taking it in.

“That’s the way of youth.”

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We are still awaiting the outcome of this, with matters having calmed down since the news broke last week at Ibrox.

After the incident including Jordan Jones and George Edmundson, we aren’t expecting Gerrard to take it easy on this group, no matter how young they are.

The likes of Patterson and Bassey have been singled out as two of the brightest talents at Ibrox, so they may be punished lighter than Zungu, who is only on loan.

Either way, they will likely be missing for the rest of this season, with their long-term futures yet to be decided; time will tell.

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