Paddy Kenny claims Steven Gerrard should have been harsher in his punishment of the five Rangers players who broke COVID rules earlier this year.
The former Leeds United stopper, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, claimed Gerrard was more concerned with keeping his team strong rather than disciplining his players.
After an appeal, Nathan Patterson, Calvin Bassey, Bongani Zungu and two youth players have been banned by the SFA for breaking COVID rules earlier this year.
Last year, Jordan Jones and George Edmundson committed the same offence and were internally punished before being sent out on loan in Janury.
Kenny has questioned why Gerrard reacted differently on the second occasion as Patterson, Bassey and Zungu have all featured for the first team in recent weeks.
“Listen, they’ve been found guilty, simple as,” Kenny told Football Insider correspondent Adam Williams.
“They’ve broken the COVID rules, they’ve appealed then lost the appeal so that’s two decisions that have gone against them.
“These lads have broken the rules and deserve to be punished. Why he’s [Gerrard] not gone down hard on them, I don’t know.
“Maybe he’s a bit more lenient this time because actual members of the first team were involved and losing those players would cost him.”
“That’s why he’s reacted in the way he did.”
Shortly after the ‘party five’ were being criticised by the press and Gers fans, Patterson was welcomed back to the first team in the Europa League and scored just seconds after coming on as a substitute against Royal Antwerp.
Patterson became Gerrard’s first choice right back after James Tavernier picked up an injury as it seemed his offences were quickly forgotten about.