Kevin Phillips has no sympathy for Jordan Jones and George Edmundson as he backed Scottish law-makers for hammering the Rangers duo with seven-match bans.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, the 2000 European Golden Shoe winner claimed it is a “big blow” for the club to be without the pair until the new year.

Jones and Edmundson were caught breaking government rules by police in Glasgow after attending a house party at the beginning of November.

They were handed a two week suspension by the Ibrox club and, in a bombshell development on Thursday, will now be unavailable for seven more matches.

When asked by Football Insider if the punishment was harsh when comparing to how Premier League players were punished earlier this year, Phillips said: “It is a different country and they have got their own rules. Certain regions in Scotland are being hit hard at the moment.

“At some point you have to make examples of people and unfortunately these two players are being made an example of. They broke the rules and have been punished.

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“Seven games might sound harsh but if you do not punish them then people are going to keep breaking the rules.

“A big blow for them and the club but have I got sympathy? You may say I’m old fashioned but everyone knows the rules. Any player stepping out of line, when it can effect others livelihoods, I will back the decision makers.”

Manager Steven Gerrard has not closed the door on Jones and Edmundson reviving their Rangers careers despite the ban.

This site revealed Jones’ former side Middlesbrough are keeping tabs on the situation and could swoop for the winger in January.

In other Rangers news, Alan Hutton has claimed the club’s January transfer plan is proof of how far the Light Blues have come.