BT Sports pundit Alex Rae was shocked as Nathan Patterson scored early in the second half for Rangers in their 5-2 win versus Antwerp on Thursday night.

The 19-year old was a surprise inclusion in Steven Gerrard’s squad to face Royal Antwerp after he recently made headlines for breaking Scotland’s COVID rules.

Emerging as a substitute for Gers at half-time, Patterson wasted no time in getting on the scoresheet for his first goal for the club.


Reacting to Patterson’s strike 17 seconds into the second half, Rae said on BT Sport 3: “We said last week he’d be sat at home contemplating his actions at the weekend prior, and here we see him tonight at the big stage, and he’s come up with a massive goal for Steven Gerrard.”

Rangers are currently set to progress to the next round of the Europa League, winning 8-5 on aggregate.

Consider us surprised

Well, we were surprised to see Patterson included in Gerrard’s squad tonight, so it seems even more bizarre that he’s come on and made a difference.

The young forward will now hope that his goal may have rejuvenated his Rangers career – whether that will turn out to be the case remains to be seen.

Ultimately his goal has quickly become just one of many, with goals coming thick and fast at both ends of the field.

Rangers have been at it from the very beginning, with Alfredo Morelos and Ryan Kent, in particular, putting pressure on Antwerp’s defensive line from the first minutes.

Gerrard will be delighted by his side’s attacking performance, though he may have questions for his defence, who on occasion have been questionable at best.

In other Rangers news, South Africa boss details stance on Zungu after Rangers star apologises for COVID breach.


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