By Kevin Phillips

21st Feb, 2021 | 1:25pm

Phillips begs Rangers to give rulebreakers second chance after punishment plan update

Rangers youngsters Calvin Bassey, Nathan Patterson, Brian Kinnear and Dapo Mebude should be given a second chance after their Covid breach, according to Kevin Phillips.

The former Sunderland and England striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, said the quartet should be given “the benefit of the doubt” by the club.

Bassey, 21, Patterson, 19, Brian Kinnear, 20, and Dapo Mebude, 19, were four of the five players to have attended an illegal flat party last weekend – the other 28-year-old loanee Bongani Zungu.

Football Insider understands club chiefs have discussed plans which could see them all suspended until the end of the season, although a decision is yet to be made.

Phillips believes the younger players should receive just a slap on the wrist for their actions.

“It will be more of a slap on the wrists for the youngsters,” he told Football Insider. “They are easily led at that age.

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“I am a big believer in giving somebody a second chance, especially if you are a young player. I would give them a slap on the wrists and warn them, ‘This is your last chance.’

“They are not so young that they do not know the difference between right and wrong but I would give them the benefit of the doubt at the moment and then draw a line under it.”

Speaking on Wednesday, 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.”

In other news, a major update on Leon Balogun’s future at Rangers is revealed.