Despite clear evidence of wrong-doing, Rangers are appealing to the SFA on behalf of 3 first-team players who broke Covid protocol, so they can play Celtic.

In a move which can roughly be described as “brass necked”, Rangers’ appeal will be heard on April 20th [Daily Record]. That’s 3 days after we play them in the Scottish Cup [Sky Sports]. Nathan Patterson, Bongani Zungu and Calvin Bassey will all be available in the key Scottish Cup clash.

With James Tavernier continuing to miss games, Nathan Patterson has deputised. The Scottish right-back has been defended by Steven Gerrard. The Rangers manager insists that the SFA ought not to punish Patterson on the basis that he’s a good player.

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Absolutely incredible scenes, we’re sure you’ll agree.

Rangers are adopting a bizarre victim mentality over this. When your players get caught out partying in the height of lockdown, you’ve got to accept the punishment. Just as Celtic players (and Neil Lennon) were pilloried for their pints by the pool.

Celtic were forced to put 13 players and staff into self-isolation, and inevitably dropped points against Hibs as a result.

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It’s a lack of consistency that’s utterly baffling. Of course, our rivals have every right to appeal, but surely they have zero case. The SFA’s disciplinary model is vulnerable to this kind of abuse from clubs.

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Supporters at a Celtic v Rangers match / (Photo by Steve Welsh/Getty Images)

Celtic aren’t scared of Nathan Patterson by any means, but this is ridiculous

Much has been made of Nathan Patterson’s rise to the Rangers first team.

Good for him. But if he’s flaunting Covid protocols and not being punished for it, along with his teammates, that’s our rivals shamelessly taking advantage of a loophole.

It’s not about the quality of the player. If anything, James Tavernier has been more impactful against Celtic this season. So, don’t get the impression that Nathan Patterson gives Rangers a massive advantage, here.

It’s more that it’s calculated, daft stuff. We can say with relative certainty that if it were the other way round we’d be accused of “saltiness”, or whatever the patter is on social media. Inevitably, the reaction would be that we were trying to flout the rules. It’d go on endlessly and get tedious almost immediately.

Ah well. Bring them on.

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