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Alex McLeish has claimed that Rangers could “easily” plug the void at right-back after yet another injury blow was confirmed by Steven Gerrard.

James Tavernier and Leon Balogun have picked up injuries, and Nathan Patterson looks set to receive an SFA charge, leaving no recognised right-back at Ibrox.

McLeish admitted it can be easy to fill that void, but that Gerrard won’t want to move someone out of their position for too long as it could backfire.

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Speaking exclusively to Ibrox News, McLeish said, “It’s whether he does an adjustment with other players in that position.

“They could fill these guys in easily. There’s not the same pressure than at centre-half and the same expectancy of performance level.

“You could lose the novelty factor eventually though, and could start thinking about things.”

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Patterson is available to feature against Livingston tomorrow as it stands, and hopefully, Balogun’s problem is solved before the weekend.

Gerrard claimed that the Nigerian was a doubt for tomorrow, meaning that he isn’t fully ruled out and could be on the verge of his return.

The Bears will be looking to rotate those two options before Tavernier finally returns, but with the packed schedule, it could be a big worry.

This Rangers squad are in the form of their life, and no matter what position, everyone will want to play, and that can only help Gerrard.

In other Rangers news, Ian Durrant: Patterson to miss ‘a lot of game time’ with SFA charge

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