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Gerrard: ‘five players have been removed from the club and the squad’

Wed 17 February 2021 | 13:34

Steven Gerrard has confirmed that five Rangers players have been removed from the squad because of breaching coronavirus rules.

Rangers

manager

Steven Gerrard

has confirmed that

Bongani Zungu

,

Nathan Patterson

,

Calvin Bassey

,

Dapo Mebude

(on loan at Queen of the South), and goalkeeper

Brian Kinnear

have breached coronavirus rules and therefore, have been removed from the squad, according to

Sky Sports

.

Some reports claim that they attended a house party that was broken up by police.

Ahead of their game against Royal Antwerp in the Europa League on Thursday, Gerrard told Rangers TV:

"Bongani Zungu is involved, Nathan Patterson, Calvin Bassey, Dapo Mebude, who is obviously part of the academy on loan at Queen of the South, and Brian Kinnear, a young goalie who is an academy player who has spent sometime around the first team as well.

"First and foremost we have to acknowledge that five of our players have been involved in a breach of Covid regulations which from the top of the club to the bottom we are all really disappointed in. That will be dealt with internally.

"The players will be fined and we are in dialogue with the SFA and the government to find a solution moving forward in terms of the boys.

"They have been removed from the club and the squad for now on a short-time basis while they isolate. I will sit down with them face to face when we are allowed to do so."

He added:

"We will certainly move forward from it. We are at a real critical stage in terms of the games coming up and where we are as a club.

"It won't affect us as a group. I've been absolutely delighted with the group in terms of their application.

"I feel personally let down by recent events but I am trying to move forward and focus on the important things which is to prepare the team for a huge game against Antwerp. I'm really excited and look forward to the game."


source: SportMob