Rangers could offload some or all of the ‘Party Five’ this summer as discussions over potential punishment continues, according to Alan Hutton.
The former Gers defender and lifelong fan at Ibrox, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, insisted the quintet have “shot themselves in the foot” and warned they may not get a second chance at Ibrox.
Football Insider broke the news of the lockdown breach on Sunday and revealed on Monday the Gers are considering suspending the players involved for the rest of the season.
Steven Gerrard confirmed the identities of the five involved – Bongani Zungu, Nathan Patterson, Calvin Bassey, Dapo Mebude and Brian Kinnear – on Wednesday and stated the club were discussing how to proceed with the SFA.
Of the miscreant quintet, Zungu, Patterson and Bassey have all been involved in the senior side this season.
Hutton suggested there would have been opportunities for fringe figures to feature later in the campaign but admitted Rangers may choose to offload some or all of the rulebreakers this summer instead.
Asked if being suspended until the end of the season was a fair punishment, Hutton told Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge: “Look, it’s a difficult one, there’s still a lot of football to be played and as a youngster looking at it, if they do manage to win the league in the four games or whatever that’s needed, there’s an opportunity to play football there.
“There’s a chance to get into the team and show the manager what you’re capable of they’ve really kind of shot themselves in the foot in that regard because if this happens and they’re not within the squad for the rest of the season, they have taken two or three steps back.
“They’re going to have to win the trust of the manager, first and foremost, next season or you may be told, ‘your services are no longer required, we can’t trust you’.
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“They’ve really hurt their career moving forward for what seems to be a silly party on a Saturday night that they didn’t need to do or get involved in. They should be better than that.
“They know it was wrong, take responsibility, and just not go and be involved so it’s really going to hurt them moving forward, which is a shame because we all want to see the young players ultimately come through and be part of the Rangers team.”