The five Rangers players who have received six-game bans for breaching Covid-19 regulations have got “fortunate”, according to Paul Robinson.

The former England number one, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, said the timing of the suspensions “could be worse” with Steven Gerrard’s side having already wrapped up the league title.

Nathan Patterson, Bongani Zungu, Calvin Bassey, Dapo Mebude and Brian Kinnear were handed six-game bans, with two of those suspended until the end of the season.

It comes after the quintet were charged for breaching lockdown rules by attending a party that was broken up by police in February.

The Gers have appealed the decision by the Scottish Football Association but a date for the hearing is yet to be set.

When asked by Football Insider if the punishment was harsh on the five players, Robinson said:

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“I do not think Steven has any reason to be aggrieved with the ban, no.

“There is nothing you can do. It is a six-game ban, and they have to deal with it. Is it harsh? It is a long time but it was expected.

“You have to also take into consideration that the season is finished, in regards to the league, so it could be worse. The timing is fortunate for them really.

“Listen, if you break the rules you have to suffer the consequences. It is a six-game ban and they will have to do their porridge.”  

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As quoted by the BBC, Gerrard was left fuming by the bans: “I think everyone assumes because of what happened with Jordan Jones and George Edmundson that everything is the same, which isn’t the case.

“We don’t think everything has been taken into consideration when you are talking about the boys in terms of age and how damaging it could be for them in their careers moving forward now.”

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