By Kevin Campbell

17th Feb, 2021 | 8:00pm

Campbell begs Rangers not to bin 'Covid Five' amid punishment plan update

Kevin Campbell has urged Rangers not to get rid of the five players who broke Covid-19 lockdown rules. 

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Arsenal and Everton striker is hopeful that those in question will be not be punished too severely and suggested “a fine and short suspension” would suffice.

This site exclusively broke the news at 7pm on Sunday that Rangers had launched an internal probe into an incident which occurred in Glasgow’s west end on Saturday night.

Police broke up a flat party in the early hours of the morning and five Gers players are confirmed to have been in attendance.

In an intriguing interview on Wednesday, Gerrard identified Bongani Zungu, 28, Nathan Patterson, 19, Calvin Bassey, 21, Dapo Mebude, 19, and Brian Kinnear, 20, as those players.

Club chiefs have discussed plans which could see them all suspended until the end of the season, although no decision has been made.

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Campbell hopes the age of those in question is taken into account when the punishment is decided.

“I would like to think that Steven Gerrard will take into account their age,” he told Football Insider.

“We have all been young and dumb. We have all made some crazy decisions in our lives. That is part and parcel of growing up.

“When you look at this, it could jeopardise certain players at the football club.

“I think they will get their knuckles wrapped – a fine and a short suspension. I would not like to see them done until the end of the season.”

Gerrard told the club’s website: “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.”

In other news, Rangers senior stars have ripped into party four who broke lockdown rules as dressing room reaction revealed.