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Gerrard has two Covidiots in his squad for St Johnstone

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Nathan Patterson and Calvin Bassey are on the bench for Steven Gerrard’s side at St Johnstone tonight as they SFA try to come up with the result of an appeal against a four match ban.

Five Ibrox stars had their appeal against four match suspensions heard yesterday but for reasons best known to themselves the SFA are unusually reluctant to announce the outcome of the appeals.

Way back on Valentine’s Day Patterson and four team-mates decided that the laws of the land didn’t apply to elite athletes inside the Ibrox bubble and staged a house party with five mystery guests.

Police Scotland issued Fixed Penalties to all 10 law-breakers but fortunately for Patterson a few days later James Tavernier got a sore leg.

Back in August Celtic had two matches postponed after news emerged that Boli Bolingoli had failed to self-isolate after taking a trip to Spain. Eighteen days later the defender was given a three match ban.

With Peter Lawwell firmly on mute 18 days came and went without any activity from the SFA, something of a constant since July 2012.

Finally a four match ban was announced a few days after the March Glasgow Derby. The appeal went in three weeks ago with the hearing scheduled for two days after Celtic’s Scottish Cup tie at Ibrox.

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