Rangers defender Nathan Patterson was pictured in training ahead of the Gers’ Europa League meeting with Standard Liege at Ibrox on Thursday.
The right-back missed Rangers last three matches after being forced to self-isolate, but could now be in contention for a place on the bench.
Pictured on the Rangers website in full training, the 19-year-old is behind club captain James Tavernier in the pecking order and he’s been in fantastic form.
However, Patterson is an important player for Gerrard and the only recognised right-back cover.
Speaking ahead of the match, Gers manager Steven Gerrard confirmed that Joe Aribo should be available after missing out against Benfica and Falkirk due to illness, but that Ryan Jack was a major doubt (via Daily Record).
Winger Brandon Barker will also be available after he was forced off against Falkirk on Sunday before half-time.
Patterson is the only specialist right-back in the squad other than Tavernier, and as the season wears on, Gerrard will surely be conscious of giving him more opportunities.
Tavernier has shown incredible energy and endurance so far this season starting every match, but with the busy Christmas schedule approaching, he surely cannot keep that up.
Unfortunately, Patterson was unavailable for the match against Falkirk, where he could have been in contention for a start, but he could start against St Mirren in the quarter-finals.
Having been at the club since the age of 10 years old, he is very much a homegrown talent and said in September that he understands just how big a task forcing his way into the team will be.
“Of course, it’s always going to be tough to get into a strong Rangers side no matter who you are. I just need to go in every day and give myself the best chance of playing,” he said (via Daily Record).
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