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Alex McLeish has heaped praise on Rangers defender Nathan Patterson for his response in the 5-2 win over Royal Antwerp.

The young talent had been hung out to dry after breaching COVID-19 protocols but returned to the squad alongside Bongani Zungu and Calvin Bassey on Thursday.

McLeish labelled the defender as the “doppelganger” of James Tavernier after he scored 16 seconds into his second-half cameo against the Belgians.

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Speaking exclusively to Ibrox News, McLeish said, “It was great to see the young guy coming on the field and playing absolutely brilliant.

“It was like Tavernier’s doppelganger wasn’t it. He took his chance and that pardon of forgiveness, to do what he did the minute after coming on, it was great.

“It was Alan Hutton like getting up the pitch. That is a young guy running on the pitch with massive adrenaline and he savoured the occasion and came through it with flying colours.”

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Patterson certainly answered his critics with his excellent cameo against Antwerp.

Now, he has a real opportunity to cement his spot and prove that he can be the long-term replacement for Tavernier in the years to come at Ibrox.

It was only the 19-year-old’s sixth appearance in all competitions this season, but with Leon Balogun also injured, he is the only right-back available for selection now.

McLeish is clearly one who can’t wait to see more.

In other Rangers news, McLeish: The Bears board are delighted with one thing this season

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