All of the ‘Party Five’ may have played their last game for Rangers after losing Steven Gerrard’s trust, according to Noel Whelan.
The former Aberdeen striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, insisted loanee Bongani Zungu would never wear the shirt again and warned the other four their Ibrox careers could be over after bringing “shame on the club”.
As revealed by Football Insider, who broke the news of the players’ lockdown breach last weekend, Rangers are considering suspending the quintet for the rest of the season, regardless of the SFA’s expected punishment.
Suspension for the remainder of the campaign would spell the end of Zungu’s time at Ibrox, with the 28-year-old having struggled to nail down a starting role during his loan spell from Amiens.
Whelan insisted there was no coming back for the South Africa international at Ibrox and suggested the others involved – Nathan Patterson, Calvin Bassey, Dapo Mebude and Brian Kinnear – all face a fight to forge a future at Rangers.
Discussing Zungu’s Whelan told Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge: “He’s already gone, absolutely gone – there’s no way you’re going to be signing a player like that if you can’t trust them.
“The biggest word in everyone, in any manager, is can I trust my players on the pitch? Can I trust them off the pitch? Can I trust them to be the right character that needs to be embedded into this football club?
“The straight answer there is absolutely not.
“Whether these other four end up playing again for Rangers, that remains to be seen. I very much doubt it, because I think once you cross that line, it’s very difficult to come back from it.
“It brings shame on the club, onto the manager as well and the rest of the players. It shows a lack of respect and disrespect to them.”