Interim boss John Kennedy has come out all guns blazing over the Covid 5 from the Newco in a welcome bit of fight, that he has to make this an issue is itself a disgrace.

The delay in handing out the ban is tailored to Sevco to make sure Patterson can fill in for crocked Captain Tavernier.

Everyone knows the appeal will fall on death ears and it is merely a stalling tactic, should the appeal be held today Patterson and the rest will miss the Scottish Cup showdown leaving an obvious weakness in the 9 year old team.

Kennedy said in The Sun:

 “Steven Gerrard’s got his reasons to do that and say what he said.

“But regardless if you are a talent or you’re not, you’ve still broken the protocols, and there’s a punishment that goes with that.

Our players are talented too. They have been punished. It’s the same difference.

“We paid money for them and have high hopes for them.

“Look at the Boli Bolingoli situation. Yes, he broke the law, and he was harshly punished for it — rightly so.

We’re not defending that. But it was a massive setback in terms of his career at Celtic.

“That’s the punishment for stepping out of line. You can’t do it.

“It was made very clear to our players these are the situations that you can’t get involved in.

“One, because you’ll be punished for it, but it also brings extra pressure and scrutiny on the club.

Bolingoli was punished and we accepted that was the right thing.

“These players have been caught breaking the law. The SFA have to address that quickly. It’s consistency that again a lot of people in Scotland will ask for whether it’s with officiating, the SFA disciplinary process or other things.

“It should be very clear in terms of how you deal with situations like this.

“Regardless of the player, and how talented or valuable he is, there has to be a punishment when you step out of line in these situations.

“We’ve been dealt with harshly in the past and had to accept it, and we have to wait and see what comes Rangers’ way.

“I’m not just saying this because it’s Rangers. Aberdeen were dealt with in the same manner as ourselves when their players were involved in their situation.

“There’s a process in place as to how they deal with these things, but for whatever reason, it seems to have broken down at this point, and only the SFA can answer that.”

Kennedy is right, there are rules in place and the SFA’s own protocols which were lightning quick for both Celtic and Aberdeen have dragged on whilst the SFA pondered what to do almost waiting for the season to finish.

Kennedy added:

“We were addressed very quickly in the situation we were in. We had games postponed, and the players were dealt with fairly quickly.

“I really don’t know what the delay and the hold-up is.

“Players who probably should have been banned played against us. They have broken rules.

“The SFA need to address this themselves, and give a bit more clarity to everyone in terms of the hold-up and why it’s taken so long.

“It’s something I think should have been dealt with a lot quicker to remain consistent with all the other decisions that have happened.”

Everyone knows full well why this has taken so long and why it farcically is continuing, the ABC theory of Anyone But Celtic is alive and well inside the Masonic establishment.