Provan: Nathan Patterson treatment highlights double standards at Rangers
Davie Provan says George Edmundson and Jordan Jones must be dumbfounded at their Rangers treatment after the latest Covid controversy.
The Gers duo were suspended for two weeks by the club in November after breaching Covid regulations before being unceremoniously dumped by the Light Blues in the winter transfer window.
Jones was loaned to Sunderland in the third-tier of English football before Edmundson was offloaded to Derby County on deadline day in a similar arrangement.
In his Scottish Sun column, Provan detailed the reason behind the difference in their treatment to the ‘Rangers Five’ who also broke protocols recently.
He said: “Jordan Jones and George Edmundson must be scratching their heads at the reaction to Rangers’ recent Covid breach.
“While Gers earlier suspended that pair for two weeks before shipping them out on loan, there was no Ibrox ban for Nathan Patterson, Calvin Bassey and Bongani Zungu when they were caught partying.
“There’s a reason for that. Jones and Edmundson are expendable, while Patterson is a player with proper transfer value.
“There’s no place for principles in this game.”
Money makes the world of football go round
Provan is probably right – football is all about value and there is often little room for sentiment.
The Light Blues are still battling back from financial obscurity after feeling the effects of a demotion down to the Third Division back in 2012.
At 19, Patterson is an emerging star and early glimpses suggest he is a player with the potential to reach the very top, and with James Tavernier turning 30 later this year, there is a spot set to open up for him in the near future.
Dispensing with his services would have been a catastrophic error in financial terms as he is a major asset, either on the field at Ibrox for many years to come or if an elite European side come in with a sizeable offer.
Edmundson (23) and Jones (26) are closer to their prime but have been on the fringes of the first-team squad and the Gers have better options in their position.
Both look likely to leave on permanent deals after the expiration of their loan deals.
In other Rangers news, Sir Kenny Dalglish reserves special words for 24y/o Gers ace after Antwerp thrashing.