As the world and his dog now knows, Calvin Bassey and Nathan Patterson plus Ciaran Dickson and Dapo Mebude are under investigation over an alleged Covid breach, the details of which you have now seen all over the press and we’re not going to go on about what they did.
What we will discuss is what happens now.
And that is simple – all four of them, loans or not, are finished at Ibrox.
If Jordan Jones and George Edmundson were exiled for this, don’t think these four will escape the club’s wrath.
The reality is this, AGAIN, could have cost us 55. Yes, it’s that serious.
Had any of them caught it, and passed it on, the whole squad would potentially be in quarantine and we’d be unable to fulfil our fixtures.
And that would give Celtic the green light to catch us up (assuming they keep winning) and overtake us.
Remember what happened when they were banned for two or three matches for similar? We gained a big lead, and while they floundered to win all of those games in hand, you just know ours would be adjudged 0-3 defeats all round instead.
So let’s not underestimate the impact here of what they’ve done, and what it could still mean.
Just like Jones and Edmundson they’ve put the club at serious jeopardy, and age is no excuse – we’ve all dealt with this crisis as best we can regardless of our age and ‘experience’.
In truth, while Patterson has potential, none of the four are a loss, particularly the rotten Calvin Bassey who was a complete error of a signing.
And don’t give me ‘your attacking one of our own’ nonsense – they stopped being one of our own when they put our club in such reckless danger.
So for us, while it’s an emotional reaction and time does heal (as it rather did for many fans with Jones and Edmundson) we doubt this clutch of players will get the same goodwill with us so close to 55.
We will be fascinated to see the club’s actions.