Steven Gerrard insists Ranger rule breakers ARE treated the same as he hits back at criticism

Patron of the Rangers Steven gerrard hit back at Covid critics who suggested the club was treating its offenders differently.

In November, George Edmundson and Jordan jones were taken out of the first team for attending a party in the West End before being loaned to Derby County and Sunderland respectively.

And some critics insist the approach is shocking given the treatment of the last five stars who were found by police at a party last month.

Young full-backs Nathan Patterson and Calvin Bassey, along with midfielder Bongani Zungu, were reintroduced to the Europa League squad a week later, with the former even being a half-time substitute against Royal Antwerp and score within 16 seconds.

It has drawn criticism, but Gerrard insists everyone is treated the same – hinting that Jones and Edmundson’s Ibrox careers aren’t over yet as it was THEIR call to be on loan.

He said: “The boys are back in the squad and it is important to say that they are not treated any differently from the previous two.

“Contrary to what I’ve read in some reports, they were treated exactly the same in terms of fines.

“They all had to self-isolate for the appropriate length of time in accordance with government guidelines. They were suspended by the club for the same length of time and fined the exact same amount in terms of weeks of pay.

“I still told them what I thought and that they had a second chance to play for Rangers again.

“I think the only difference is that the previous two guys were desperate to play and wanted to be on loan. It was their decision as much as mine. But it is important for me to stress that no one is treated differently from others. It’s important for me to get this across.

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