Rangers, naturally, failed in their appeal against Nathan Patterson’s (and the others) ban, and while the 19-year old full back was available v Celtic and St Johnstone, he will now miss the next four.
Rangers played the system – they absolutely 100% did. They exploited how any appeal works by appealing an open-and-shut case and therefore freeing the accused to still function in his line of pursuit, in this case, play football.
We can’t object to this – the outcome was correct, and Patterson like the rest has earned his ban.
He got a mini reprieve in a few extra appearances that Rangers’ canniness allowed, but he’s no longer available for Rangers for quite a few matches now.
It’s funny looking at Celtic-minded pundits crying foul, and condemning Rangers for this – all we did was exploit a loophole in the appeals system. Just because our club was clever enough to take advantage… they just wish they’d thought of it first.
In the end, Patterson was rightly banned – we can argue about the inconsistencies all we like, but he, like the others, is correctly barred and didn’t win the appeal.
We move on, but… it does lead to one more thing…