Many Rangers fans have mixed feelings over the inclusion of Bongani Zungu, Nathan Patterson and Calvin Bassey in tonight’s squad to face Royal Antwerp.
The three players broke COVID regulations two weeks ago to attend a party and it was expected that they would be omitted from future line ups as punishment.
However, all three have returned to the bench for tonight’s Europa League game with no ban announced by Rangers or the Scottish FA.
— Rangers Football Club (@RangersFC) February 25, 2021
There is a contrast between the treatment of these players and the treatment of Jordan Jones and George Edmundson who ended up in hot water for a similar offence.
They were handed seven-game bans by the SFA earlier this season and are now out on loan at Sunderland and Derby respectively.
Considering the treatment of Jones and Edmundson, it is very surprising to see the more recent rule-breakers back in the squad.
They all issued apologies yesterday but some Gers fans still aren’t happy about their inclusion tonight.
Some Rangers fans are pleased to see the players back, especially Patterson as with James Tavernier injured we are short of right-back options.
Others have blasted Steven Gerrard and the club for their weak stance after the treatment of Jones and Edmundson.
It will be interesting to see if any of the three make it onto the pitch tonight as Rangers look to secure European progression.
Here is how Rangers fans reacted the inclusion of Patterson, Zungu and Bassey.
I'm sorry but totally unacceptable that Zungu Patterson and Bassey are back in after what the club did to Jones and Edmundson https://t.co/HTL4WUjRP0
— James Mckenzie (@jamesmck93) February 25, 2021
interesting bench 👀 clearly Gerrard willing to give them a second chance https://t.co/ZXdvh9Uygw
— martyn (@wxstedlxfe) February 25, 2021
Might be harsh but as good as the apologies were it just doesn’t sit right with me with those players being back in the squad so soon. https://t.co/CCP7O8QJK6
— Rangers Zone (@Rangers_Zone) February 25, 2021
Strong side, I thought Arfield might have started but everyone is playing well.
Pleased to see Bassey and Patterson straight back in, we need them.
Let’s go Rangers. https://t.co/5lvXFRa6J0
— JHC (@JHC17626935) February 25, 2021
I’d have Bassey, Patterson and Zungu nowhere near the team after the antics. If it’s just for bodies on the bench call up some youth players. https://t.co/Y07ZTskFEW
— 𝕷𝖊𝖊 💀⚓️ (@Whatsunnn_) February 25, 2021
Canni just be me who thinks its wild they are on the bench when no doubt they are going to get handed an 8 match ban. https://t.co/iESGEeoQfa
— Daryl (@darylm89) February 25, 2021
Clearly an apology is suffice these days 🧐🧐 shame Edmunson and JJ didn’t get that memo 😕 https://t.co/9KWHtqMvbm
— Gayle Mccallum (@gayle_mccallum) February 25, 2021
Amazing the amount of our fans who don't want any of those 3 on the bench, Bassey & Patterson being there is massive in-case of injuries to either full-back, considering how short we are there atm
Why would we intentionally weaken our team for tonight?
— G (@garryhood1872) February 25, 2021
In other Rangers news, Joe Aribo has been blown away by these two Gers players in training.