Sir Kenny Dalglish has commented on the five Rangers players who broke Covid-19 protocol last week, with his main focus on Nathan Patterson.
The former Scotland international was a little empathetic and offered encouragement to the young defender.
He also added that last week’s incident could benefit the 19-year-old in the long-term – as long as he learns from the situation.
As quoted by the Daily Record, Dalglish said: “They will be feeling terrible I’m sure and Patterson, in particular, will be really disappointed with himself.
“He is very highly-rated, and was recently awarded a new contract.
“He most likely would have been given an opportunity on Thursday night during the Europa League win at Royal Antwerp.
“What an opportunity the boy has missed due to his poor decision-making off the park.
“Sometimes getting a wee fright at an early age isn’t a bad thing.
“As long as the lad shows remorse and learns from it, then he may well be able to bounce back from this setback.”
Point to prove
Patterson has let Steven Gerrard down in a key part of the season.
James Tavernier’s injury came at the worst time this week and Patterson will surely be kicking himself.
Gerrard will likely feel that the right-back’s actions are unacceptable.
First Patterson brought the club into disrepute and now he has let his teammates down by not being available.
His absence means Leon Balogun will likely have to play out of position.
We think Dalglish may be a little too optimistic about Patterson’s chances of redemption, too.
Jordan Jones and George Edmundson were both banished from the squad by Stevie G before being loaned out in January.
The squad benefitted from their absence so it is very possible the Gers boss will do the same to Patterson and the other four culprits.
Such an outcome would be a shame given Patterson’s talent but we trust whatever decision Gerrard makes.
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