The Rangers ‘Covid Five’ won’t get the cold shoulder from their teammates upon their return to action. 

That is according to ex-Celtic striker Frank McAvennie, speaking exclusively to Football Insider after manager Steven Gerrard hinted that at least one of the five’s Rangers careers could be over for good.

Bongani Zungu — who was caught flouting the guidelines alongside Nathan Patterson, Calvin Bassey, Dapo Mebude and Brian Kinnear — is on loan at Ibrox from Amiens.

Asked by The Sun if his transgression had damaged the South African’s chances of a permanent deal in Glasgow, Gerrard replied: “It would be fair to say that, yes.”

But while Zungu’s time at the club may be over, the other four players will be welcomed back into the dressing room with open arms, claims McAvennie.

He told Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs: “Because they’re not going to play and because the first-team squad aren’t going to miss any games, they’ll say it was stupid but they’ll have a laugh with them too.

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“They’ll give it all of that: ‘I can’t believe I never got invited.’ They’re stupid and they made a mistake but they shouldn’t lose their careers.

“That’s punishment enough. Then they can still kick on now.”

Though no concrete plan for the quintet’s punishment has been announced, Football Insider revealed that the club has considered suspending them for the season.

The five have a combined total of 10 first-team starts this campaign and so such an eventuality is not expected to be a major setback to Gerrard’s high-flying side.

In other news, a top pundit has praised Rangers for their signing of the United States’ youngest-ever professional footballer.