As the news broke of Rangers players Bongani Zungu, Nathan Patterson, Calvin Bassey, Dapo Mebude and Brian Kinnear breaching Covid-19 protection laws yesterday, could this be the end of the line for Scottish football this season?
Nicola Sturgeon has made it no secret that if continuous Covid protocols were breached she would intervene and tell the Scottish Football Authority to suspend the season. This football season alone seen Aberdeen and Celtic breach Covid guidance in August when Aberdeen were placed in a regional lockdown over a pub outbreak that grew out of control that players were linked to and when Celtic player Boli Bolingoli travelled to Spain for a short trip without telling the club and failed to isolate upon his return; St Mirren and Kilmarnock had their own Covid outbreaks after not following guidance fully in October, Celtic travelled to Dubai as the second national lockdown began and there’s now this incident with Rangers players breaking the stay at home guidance.
But is it fair to punish all the Premiership and Championship teams due to the actions of some clubs?
Majority of clubs have stuck to the rules throughout the pandemic and although several clubs have had at least one confirmed Covid case or had to have staff isolate, not all of these incidents are linked to reckless behaviour but rather bad luck. The Covid-19 pandemic has been prevalent throughout society for almost a year and it can still be caught even if you follow the rules completely.
Currently with less than 10 games remaining in the season, Scottish Football is at a similar point to where it was when the initial suspension of professional football last March. If this goes ahead a second time and current positions is what determines who gets relegated and who is promoted etc would Rangers accept what as a club and fanbase classed as a ‘tainted title’ when Celtic were declared last season’s champions under these circumstances? Or would they want the season null and voided?