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GERS BAD BOYS FACE SFA

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BLUNDERING Rangers stars Jordan Jones and George Edmundson have been cited by the SFA after breaching the government coronavirus guidelines.

The Ibrox duo were suspended by the club on Monday – as Scotzine reported – having attended a private gathering at the weekend with people from outside their household.

Jones and Edmundson are currently isolating for 14 days while the Gers hierarchy conduct an internal investigation which could result in further punishment, with an SFA hearing now also set for November 19.

Gers boss Steven Gerrard, speaking ahead of tonight’s Europa League group game against Benfica in Lisbon, told Sky Sports News: “We’ve been working ever so hard at Rangers to make sure we are covering all bases and educating all the players.

“That was reiterated once more again this morning and we move on and look forward to the game now.”

Rangers have had a perfect start to Group D which has brought them a 2-0 win over Standard Liege in Belgium and a 1-0 success against Lech Poznan in Glasgow.

The Govan outfit are confident of another positive result in Portugal, having drawn 1-1 there with Porto then beaten Braga 1-0 last season.

Gerrard added: “In terms of our experience here last season, we can certainly tap into that and try to use it to take confidence and belief going into the game.

“But it’s a different challenge and a different team. Benfica have started the strongest of the Portuguese teams this season.

“It’s a huge challenge, a big challenge – and for sure, we’re going to have to try to find a performance that’s at the level we were at in Porto and Braga to have any chance.

“It’s a world-class stadium, a fantastic place to play and the pitch is in great shape. These are the places where you want to come and play.

“We’re gutted it’s not going to be a full house because it’s a wonderful place to play football, but we just have to get on with it. It’s a fantastic place to test ourselves.

“Benfica are littered with superstars who are worth a lot of money, but that gets the juices flowing and it makes us want to get a positive result even more.

“The players are looking forward to this game. We’ve started the group stage very well and we want to try to build on that with a positive result.”

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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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