Rangers know they have no hope of overturning Nathan Patterson’s ban as the authorities won’t back down on such a high-profile case.

That is according to ex-Scottish Premiership striker Noel Whelan, speaking exclusively to Football Insider after news broke that Rangers will contest the SFA’s decision to ban Nathan Patterson along with four other players for a total of six matches.

The quintet was caught breaching Covid protocols by attending a party in February, as first revealed by this site.

The right-back, 19, had played just 118 minutes of senior football by that stage in the season.

But he has come to the fore in the injury-enforced absence of James Tavernier and has now racked up 11 appearances in total, including six starts.

Manager Steven Gerrard called the SFA’s punishment “harsh” and potentially “damaging” to Patterson’s career.

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But Whelan argues that the ban is proportionate and that Gerrard has no grounds to protest.

“He doesn’t really have any reason to be unhappy with it,” he told Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs.

“A ban’s a ban. This was big news and the SFA aren’t going to back down. I can’t see it being overturned.

“They knew it was coming. They were breaking protocols so it is what it is. At the end of the day, if you breach rules, you’ve got to take the punishment.

“Just get it done. You know it’s coming. There’s no point complaining about it because that won’t make any difference.”

Bongani Zungu, Calvin Bassey, Dapo Mebude and Brian Kinnear were the other four players issued with bans.

Two of the six matches within the ban are suspended until the end of the season.

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