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Alex McLeish has claimed that Rangers defender Nathan Patterson may not have replaced James Tavernier during this injury absence.

Steven Gerrard has been forced into using Leon Balogun since his skipper limped off in Antwerp last week, and the Nigerian has impressed.

Patterson is currently isolating after breaching COVID-19 protocols, but McLeish believes the youngster wasn’t established enough to nail down that right-back spot.

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Speaking exclusively to Ibrox News, McLeish said, “I don’t know what level Patterson is at.

“Possibly, maybe his inexperience at the moment, Gerrard may not have included him. I don’t really know where he is at inside the four walls of Ibrox.

“Steven is the one who can judge that. I suspect that he would have done the same thing even if Patterson was available, I don’t think he’s fully established himself yet.”

 

No matter which way you look at this, Patterson will be kicking himself.

The young defender has rarely had a better chance to prove himself at Ibrox, and has constantly been in the shadow of Tavernier, and correctly so.

Patterson has only ever made six senior appearances for the Bears but could have nearly doubled that total in the next month.

It will be interesting to see the response from Gerrard to Patterson’s recent breaches, and that will give us all a massive hint over just how established he is in this squad.

In other Rangers news, Alex McLeish shares verdict on latest injury blow for Kemar Roofe

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