Former Rangers player Andy Halliday is worried that the recent actions of the ‘Covid 5’ could yet lead to Nicola Sturgeon taking action.

The first-team players involved have all been excluded from the squad by Steven Gerrard, who has shown a zero-tolerance policy towards any Covid rulebreakers.

But this incident follows another Gers incident earlier in the season, while Celtic player Christopher Jullien caught Covid-19 while away with the squad in Dubai.

Even linesman Graeme Stewart officiated a match last weekend when he should have been isolating.

Halliday shared his fears on the Open Goal Podcast:  “What I will say is players, across the country, myself included, we need to start learning from other people’s lessons.

“There’s going to come a time when the First Minister or somebody is going to stop football off the back of this because there have been five or six incidents now and they said it was x amount of strikes.”

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Every time a player, coach or official breaks Covid protocol there is a risk that Sturgeon will finally take action.

She has reiterated many times that she is not a big fan of football taking place currently, but hopefully she is not crazy enough to stop the season now.

After all, the club itself has done everything it should – it cannot help individuals acting as they see fit while away from the club.

Stevie G’s actions have deterred others doing similar, too, as no player will want to be axed from the squad at present.

Unlike Celtic, we did not stupidly fly off to Dubai just for the sake of some ‘warm weather training’.

Overall, the season has been conducted with very few problems too, so we’re confident that we’ll win the title on the pitch.

Sturgeon’s failure to comment on football in her address yesterday was not positive, but we remain confident that things will continue as normal – we probably only need three more games to secure the title.

In other Rangers news, Exclusive: Rangers bringing home 55 will persuade ace to extend Ibrox stay – Pundit.

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