Noel Whelan has slammed the SFA over the “inconsistency” of the ban handed to the Rangers ‘Party Five’.

The former Aberdeen striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, questioned how those involved avoided more serious punishment after Jordan Jones and George Edmundson’s seven-game suspension.

As confirmed by the SFA on Tuesday, the quintet have been handed a six-game ban, although two of those are suspended until the end of the season.

Nathan Patterson is the most notable absentee, having featured regularly in the absence of James Tavernier in recent weeks.

Meanwhile, Bongani Zungu and Calvin Bassey have been regulars among the first-team squad this season.

The five are the second lot of Rangers players to be suspended for lockdown breaches this season.

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However, Edmundson and  Jones were handed seven-game bans during the first half of the campaign.

Whelan ripped into the SFA for the significant disparity between the punishments.

He suggested there should be a clear-cut protocol in place for such situations.

There seems to be some inconsistency about this, doesn’t there?” Whelan told Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge.

“You sit back and go: ‘How have they got seven but you’ve got this?’ It should just be a straightforward same as, same as. It just shows inconsistency and sometimes naivety of football bodies because we can see it and we’re sitting outside of it.

“It’s so inconsistent you think how can you get it that wrong? How can one set of players get this ban and another set of players get that ban? That is what I think sometimes annoys people with inconsistency.

“It’s not that long ago that you actually gave these bans to these players so I don’t know. It’s another question mark, isn’t it? People question whether the people sitting behind the desks actually know what they’re doing.” 

Patterson, Bassey and Zungu will now miss the Scottish Cup tie against Cove Rangers and at least two league games due to their ban.

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