RANGERS are facing an SFA probe over an alleged breach of coronavirus testing protocol.

Steven Gerrard’s side are reported to have included up to NINE first-team players who had not been given the go-ahead by the club’s medics to play against Dundee United in Wednesday’s closed-doors bounce game.

The players are believed to be Calvin Bassey, Greg Docherty, Andy Firth, Jordan Jones, Ross McCrorie, Glenn Middleton, Greg Stewart, Lewis Mayo and Nathan Patterson.

SFA stand-in President Mike Mulraney was made aware of the situation on the evening of the fixture and that the situation were discussed in a Covid-19 Joint Response Group crisis meeting the following afternoon.

Gerrard’s side also played later on the Wednesday evening against Motherwell at Ibrox, with that game being delayed TWO hours with both clubs waiting for test results.

The BBC reported the Joint Response Group contacted three clubs asking for clarification of possible breaches of guidelines.

Beeb reporter Chris McLaughlin tweeted: “Scottish football’s Joint Response Group has written to Rangers, Motherwell and Hibs asking for explanations re Covid-19 testing protocols.

“Suggestion some Rangers players faced Dundee Utd without test results.”

The laboratory where testing results are carried out was said to have endured a backlog, hence the delayed return of results.

Motherwell received their results shortly before the 6pm initial kick-off time for Wednesday night’s Ibrox friendly – more than two days after the tests were conducted on Monday afternoon.

Hibs’ home clash with Ross County is also being reviewed, with the Easter Road side cancelling their friendly with the Staggies having travelled as far as Perth before being advised the game had to be cancelled.

This follows SFA Chief Executive Ian Maxwell’s plea for all Premiership clubs to abide by the strict protocols in place, citing a ‘catastrophic impact’ if broken and the return date a week tomorrow could be in jeopardy.


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Acclaimed author Alex Gordon wrote the biography of Scotland international legend Denis Law, entitled 'King and Country'. He is a former columnist with World Soccer magazine and Scottish correspondent of respected European journal L'Equipe.

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