Rangers have released a statement confirming that the players who broke Covid protocol have returned to first-team training.

Bongani Zungu, Calvin Bassey and Nathan Patterson were the first-team players who attended a party almost two weeks ago, but they have now been forgiven by the club.

The statement confirms they have each been sanctioned for their actions, and the players understand and accept their punishment.

Those involved have been made clear of their obligations as Gers players.

The statement read, as relayed by the Scottish Sun, “We have both ensured that all our players understand our expectations when you are part of this great club.

“The players involved have been left in no uncertain terms as to the standards that everyone here is expected to adhere to.

“It has been an extremely difficult week for those players following their admission of an error of judgement whilst dealing with the consequences of their actions.

“Our internal discussions were supported by the immediate honesty shown by the players and an appreciation they fell well below the standards we expect.

“The first-team squad players have now returned to Auchenhowie.”

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Lesson learned

It is good to see that the club continues to take a tough approach to those who think about breaking Covid protocol.

The actions of those involved were way out of order and the tough discipline shown should deter others from replicating their mistake.

On the other hand, it is encouraging to see them welcomed back into training.

Second chances are needed, particularly for Bassey and Patterson who are still young.

Whether or not they will be involved in matchday squads is a different matter.

George Edmundson and Jordan Jones continued to be excluded by Steven Gerrard when they returned from their bans.

This case may be different however as the players involved did not interact with the wider squad following their party attendance.

Hopefully, this is an opportunity for everyone to learn a harsh lesson and we come out on top a stronger unit as a result.

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