By Frank McAvennie

21st Feb, 2021 | 7:00pm

McAvennie launches blistering attack on privileged Rangers players

The Rangers Covid Five live privileged lives and were completely tone-deaf to break pandemic protocols while ordinary people are struggling. 

That is according to former Celtic striker Frank McAvennie, speaking exclusively to Football Insider as the dust settles on the incident which saw five of Steven Gerrard’s squad disregard regulations by attending a party last Saturday.

The quintet was later confirmed as Bongani Zungu, Nathan Patterson, Calvin Bassey, Dap Mebude and Brian Kinnear.

None of the players have featured in a matchday squad after this site revealed on Monday that the Ibrox hierarchy have discussed plans to suspend them for the rest of the season.

However, nothing has yet been decided.

McAvennie claims that the five were extraordinarily naive to flout the rules, particularly given that end of the pandemic is on the horizon.

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He told Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs: “Two boys have done it before and he shipped them out on loan, Edmondson and Jones.

“Then these boys go and do it and it’s just wrong. People say they are youngsters and stick up for them. They are young boys but we’re coming to the end of this nearly, we can see the light at the end of the tunnel.

“They’re not like other people who are stuck in the house, bored stiff. These boys go out every morning and go to training.

“They’ve got nice houses, decent money, a garden. They’re not just sitting about like some people. Some people are penniless and feeling the pinch, don’t know where their next meal’s coming from. That’s pressure.

“I’ve done a lot of stupid things but I wouldn’t have done that. I don’t know why they can’t just go to training and come back.

“Did they think they weren’t going to get caught? It’s so ridiculous.”

Celtic manager Neil Lennon has accused the Scottish government of hypocrisy in their handling of Rangers’ Covid debacle.

The 49-year-old said his players and staff received disproportionately harsh treatment after their own coronavirus scandal earlier in the season.

In other news, a top pundit says Rangers have been dealt a huge blow by the latest update regarding James Tavernier.