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Alex McLeish has called for ‘Sympathy’ after the COVID-3 returned to the Rangers squad in the 5-2 victory against Royal Antwerp.

Nathan Patterson, Calvin Bassey and Bongani Zungu were named among the substitutes for the clash, with the first of those coming on and scoring immediately.

McLeish has claimed that all three have been “pardoned” by the club, but that isn’t to say that they haven’t been reprimanded strongly internally.

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Speaking exclusively to Ibrox News, McLeish said, “I said last week that this is an incredible time and nobody on planet earth today has ever gone through this.

“We don’t know the full story and Steven Gerrard will obviously be thinking that side of it as well, there has to be some sympathy for whatever they have done.

“The guys were pardoned, but you see the impact they made. I’m not saying that no matter what a player does he’ll stay at the club because Rangers have values and rules.”

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Patterson certainly handed Gerrard the reaction he was desperately searching for.

Within seconds of coming on, the young right-back was marauding into the Antwerp box and firing home to hand his side a huge advantage.

It is all about the reaction from this trio, if they sat around and didn’t accept they were wrong, there would be problems.

Instead, they have publicly admitted they were wrong and now look set to make a big impact on the Bears as the season progresses.

In other Rangers news, Alex McLeish thrilled by form of the ‘unplayable’ Alfredo Morelos 

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