The Rangers trio of Bongani Zungu, Nathan Patterson and Calvin Bassey have publicly apologised this week after breaching Covid regulations. 

After being heavily fined, apologies were accepted by Steven Gerrard and Ross Wilson, as the club look to draw a line under it and move on.

It’s a story that has dominated the headline in the Scottish Premiership this week. After such a fantastic season, the club wants to get the focus back to football.

South African manager Molefi Ntseki has also commented on the situation, as midfielder Zungu is usually in his plans.

According to the Daily Record, Ntseki has said the Amiens loanee may still feature next month for his country.

He said: “I did not say that Bongani Zungu will not be called up to Bafana next month. We still need to assess the situation.

“But I’m pleading with our players not to become celebrities but to focus on their football.

“If anyone has to pick up the phone and say ‘Zungu, what happened?’ it would be like we were judging him.

“So it’s better to approach with caution and wait for all the facts.

“We are disappointed, but at the same time we are saying let us approach the whole thing with caution and calmness.”

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Fate sealed

The apology made by the three players in question whas been accepted and it’s time to move on.

Mistakes were made but this season is much bigger than that.

Zungu hasn’t exactly set the world alight since making his move and it will be interesting to see if he plays again for Rangers.

He will most likely go on to represent South Africa against Ghana and Sudan next month in the African Cup of Nations.

We’re not expecting him to sign permanently at the end of the season, not after his actions here. If Gerrard is one thing, it’s a fantastic professional.

His excellent career didn’t come as a result of breaking any rules set by the club, or the government. The boss’ immaculate standards won’t stand for this and it appears Zungu’s fate is sealed.

Not that it’s worth dwelling over – this season has been an absolute dream. We’re due to lift the Scottish Premiership for the first time in 10 seasons and it will be exciting to see how far we can go in the Europa League.

Tonight will be a challenge no doubt, but we’re confident of getting a result.

In other Rangers news, Nathan Patterson could feature this evening in the Europa League.

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