Rangers defender Nathan Patterson could feature in the crucial Europa League tie with Royal Antwerp this evening at Ibrox.

The disgraced talent has returned to training for the Bears alongside Bongani Zungu and Calvin Bassey after the trio issued grovelling apologies on Wednesday.

All three look set to escape bans this season, although Steven Gerrard admitted that they have been heavily punished for their breaches.

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The Daily Record reported this morning that all three could face Livingston next week, with the Gers having a break this weekend.

Only Patterson was named as one of the options who could feature this evening though, with right-back a problem area for Gerrard.

With James Tavernier ruled out injured, Leon Balogun has picked up the baton in the absence of Patterson alongside that.

After shining in the 4-1 victory against Dundee United, the Nigerian international is likely to continue in that role this evening.

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Patterson will be kicking himself.

Not only has he blown this immediate chance to replace Tavernier during his injury blow, but it may also take some time to build back high levels of trust with Gerrard.

Alex McLeish has even questioned exclusively to Ibrox News this week whether Patterson would even have been picked without this breach, so he may have struggled to feature either way.

Time will tell, but if Patterson is involved in the squad this evening, we highly suspect that it will be a watching brief from the substitutes bench.

In other Rangers news, McLeish shares verdict on Leon Balogun extending his contract

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