Steven Gerrard nailed his decision to play Nathan Patterson in Rangers’ Europa League win against Antwerp on Thursday, according to Michael Stewart.

Patterson, 19, was one of the five Gers players who broke COVID protocol earlier this month but he, along with Bongani Zungu and Calvin Bassey, was named on the bench at Ibrox for the second leg of the Europa League round of 32 clash with Antwerp.

After a poor first-half by stand-in right-back Leon Balogun, Patterson came off the bench at half-time and scored 17 seconds later after a superb pass by Alfredo Morelos.

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Rangers went on to win the match 5-2 and 9-5 on aggregate to set up a last-16 showdown with Leicester City’s conquerers Slavia Prague.

Speaking during the second leg win over Antwerp on Thursday night, Stewart discussed Gerrard’s decision to throw Patterson on at half-time despite him recently breaking national lockdown rules.

In other Rangers news, Stephen Craigan claims Morelos was disgusted by what one team-mate did versus Antwerp.

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