Nathan Patterson “is in contention for a start” for Rangers on Wednesday evening when they take on Livingston at the Tony Macaroni Arena, according to BBC Sport.

It is understood that Leon Balogun is a “major doubt” for the Premiership leaders after he went off at half-time in the win against Antwerp in the Europa League on Thursday.

Patterson, 19, came on at the break and 17 seconds later, scored his first-ever senior goal amid uncertainty over his situation at Ibrox after he broke COVID-19 protocol last month.


Patterson no-brainer?

Earlier in the season, the SFA hit Jordan Jones and George Edmundson with seven-match bans after they breached COVID rules.

Last month, Patterson, Bongani Zungu, Calvin Bassey, Dapo Mebude and Brian Kinnear were also named and shamed for attending a party despite Scotland still being in a national lockdown due to the coronavirus pandemic.

A lot of fans were calling for the heads of those seven players when news broke of their antics but a lot was forgiven, at least for Patterson, on Thursday when he scored against Antwerp last week.


James Tavernier’s injury means there’s an open spot at right-back in Steven Gerrard’s side. Balogun is naturally a centre-back and looked well out of his depth in the first half versus Antwerp but it’s likely the Nigeria international was played there because Stevie G wasn’t too keen on handing Patterson game-time so soon after he broke COVID protocol.

But after he came off the bench, scored and played well to help secure a last-16 spot for the Light Blues in the Europa League, it’s looking as though he’s going to get a second chance to play in the first-team.

It still remains to be seen how he and the other four players will be punished.

If Jones and Edmundson were hit with seven-match bans then you’d expect the punishment to be the same, if not more severe, for the latest five ‘Covidiots’.

But based on BBC Sport’s update, the SFA won’t do anything ahead of the Rangers and Livingston game on Wednesday, where Patterson seems like he’ll start.

In other Rangers news, David Tanner stepped over the mark at Gerrard’s press conference on Tuesday.


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