Five Rangers players banned after attending party during lockdown

Nathan Patterson is one of the Rangers players who have been handed a six-game ban (Getty)

Five Rangers players have been banned for six games for breaching Covid-19 regulations last month.

Nathan Patterson, Bongani Zungu and Calvin Bassey, plus academy players Brian Kinnear and Dapo Mebude, who is currently on loan at Queen of the South, were all caught attending a party which was broken up by police on February 14.

All five players will serve an immediate four-game ban, while two matches have been suspended until the end of this season.

In November, Jordan Jones and George Edmundson were banned by Rangers for two weeks for attending a house party despite lockdown restrictions being in place.

Patterson, who was fined by the club, issued an apology for his actions.

‘I just want to take this chance to apologise to my family. I’ve apologised to the players and assured them nothing like this will ever happen again,’ he told RangersTV.

Bongani Zungu has played for Rangers since being caught at the party (Getty)

‘I’ve spoken to the gaffer, I’ve spoken to Ross in great length about the situation and how we move forward.

‘I apologise to the fans, being a Rangers fan since birth and being a player here since the age of eight, I know the privileges and I know the meaning behind the shirt and the privilege to wear the Rangers badge and the high standards that are at this club.

‘I’ve let myself down and I can only ask for the opportunity to go and prove what I can do on the pitch.’

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