Calvin Bassey is “devastated” at his role in the illegal party that places his Rangers future in major doubt, Football Insider understands.
The left-back, 21, was on Wednesday named by Steven Gerrard as one of the five players who broke Covid-19 rules and were issued with fixed-penalty tickets after a 10-person social gathering at a Glasgow flat late on Saturday night.
A source with knowledge of Bassey’s situation has told Football Insider that the player is “deeply sorry” for his actions and “upset” at “letting down” his manager and teammates.
The young defender is “desperate” to save his Rangers career and accepts that he faces a huge task to win the club management as well as the supporters back over.
He is said to have apologised fulsomely to Gerrard, the coaching staff and the senior pros who left the party five in no uncertain terms how their conduct had let the club down.
Bassey accepts a major punishment is likely from the club as well as the Scottish FA.
There is some precedent in this area as George Edmundson and Jordan Jones were compelled to self-isolate for 14 days before being banned for seven games by the SFA.
They were then offloaded by the club – Edmundson on loan to Derby County and Jones on loan to Sunderland – in the January window.
Bassey is keen to make his mark at Rangers in a far more positive way once he serves whatever punishment is coming his way.
Football Insider revealed on Monday the Glasgow giants are planning to suspend the five rule-breaking players for the rest of the season.
That means Bassey would not be able to add to his 13 appearances made since joining from Leicester City on a free transfer last summer.
He has made a positive impression on the pitch but may not play again this season, if at all.