Rangers have rejected the six-game suspensions handed out to their five Covid rule-breakers and launched an appeal process to the SFA.
The quintet, consisting of first-team trio Nathan Patterson, Bongani Zungu and Calvin Bassey, in addition to academy youngsters Dapo Mebude and Brian Kinnear, were each issued with a six-game ban by the authorities on Tuesday.
Four of these were to be undertaken immediately with two suspended until the end of the season.
However, this saga has taken a fresh twist after the Light Blues issued their appeal against these sanctions, as detailed by the SFA on their official website.
The Scottish governing body says that “determinations [are] being appealed, appeals hearing date to be confirmed”.
What this means now…
This is major news that will send shockwaves through Scotland, and we’re pretty sure the reaction to this isn’t going to be pretty.
Many expected the SFA suspension meted out to the disgraced players would be the end of proceedings but the club obviously views things differently.
We’re not privy to all of the details but the Gers figureheads must be unhappy at something to launch an appeal against the bans.
What it does mean, though, is that Zungu, Patterson and Bassey, will all now be available for this weekend’s cup clash with Cove Rangers, and possibly more after that.
The four-game immediate ban was set to rule them out of Sunday’s game as well as Premiership games versus Hibernian (April 11), St Johnstone (April 21) and a likely Scottish Cup fourth-round fixture.
But an appeal is likely to delay at least one, and probably one or two more, given the drawn-out process that preceded the SFA verdict.
Whether this is the right call remains to be seen but it’s certainly a brave one.
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