Michael Stewart has claimed that Rangers defender Nathan Patterson will be thinking “what if” after the injury blow picked up by James Tavernier.

The Bears skipper was forced off in the 4-3 win over Royal Antwerp on Thursday and will be out for a number of weeks with Leon Balogun taking his spot.

Patterson would have been the natural replacement but is currently out of the fold after breaching COVID-19 protocols last weekend.

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Stewart reacted to the injury blow on his personal Twitter account, claiming he would want to be in the head of Patterson after the clash.

“As Tavernier looks to have picked up an injury young Nathan Patterson must think what if,” he said.

“The chance he’s been waiting on.”

Patterson will be fuming with this latest development which couldn’t have come at a worst time in terms of his chances.

The young defender has been waiting for this chance for a couple of years now, and finally had been handed the opportunity on a silver-platter last night.

Sat at home isolating, Patterson will have surely been watching the match shaking his head thinking that it should have been him, not Balogun.

The 19-year-old has only made four appearances this season for the senior side and has never been able to string a run together.

For once, we actually agree with Stewart, and Patterson will really be ruing his decision to risk his spot only for a small gathering that saw him earn nothing.

In other Rangers news, Alex McLeish shares verdict on Bears rotation v Royal Antwerp

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