Chris Sutton believes Steven Gerrard made the right decision by recalling Nathan Patterson and Bongani Zungu but did aim criticism at the Rangers boss.
The pundit offered a confrontational view in assessing Gerrard’s recent actions, suggesting he needs to show more consistency.
Sutton compared the treatment of George Edmundson and Jordan Jones – who were banished from the squad after breaking protocol – to the latest batch of rule-breakers.
In his column for the Daily Record, he wrote, “Rangers are massively guilty of double standards.
“It’s almost laughable to hear the manager Steven Gerrard call for consistency from the SFA over disciplinary matters when his club are guilty of being so inconsistent on hugely important matters themselves.
Touching on Nathan Patterson, and his preferential treatment, Sutton added, “He made a mistake, he apologised and he’s moved on.
“But I’ll tell you one thing, if I were Jordan Jones and George Edmundson, I’d be feeling betrayed. Those two were hung out.
“Yet the other boys did the same thing and were put straight back into the squad.
“It absolutely stinks of hypocrisy and double standards.”
It seems Sutton is still very bitter about our success this season.
The likes of Patterson, Zungu and Calvin Bassey have all received their deserved punishment so why should they not return to action?
Unlike the pair of Jones and Edmundson, they were involved with the squad prior to breaking protocol and can contribute in a positive manner.
They also did not come into contact with the squad after attending the party, so did not cause the entire squad to isolate.
The SFA has allowed their return so the breach was not major – we know how keen they are to suspend our players.
What’s more, we have played a lot of games over the last couple of weeks, and with Leon Balogun underperforming on Thursday he needed to be replaced.
Patterson’s goal and performance shows Gerrard was right to name him on the bench before bringing him on.
We think Stevie G knows how to manage his players better than Sutton could.
That’s why one is paid to talk rubbish and the other is leading us to number 55.
In other Rangers news, Alan Hutton makes big Gers Europa League claim after draw v Slavia Prague.