Nathan Patterson could be set for a start in the game against Livingston on Wednesday night and that should leave Rangers fans excited.

Leon Balogun is said to be a major doubt for the game [BBC] after he limped out of the game against Antwerp.

Patterson is the obvious replacement with James Tavernier currently crocked.

There was a fair amount of surprise when Patterson was named on the bench against Antwerp and more when he was introduced at half-time.

However, that turned to sheer delight when he scored his first Rangers goal with his first touch of the game.

He repaid Gerrard’s faith in him and the 19-year-old deserves to start tonight with a clean slate if Balogun is out.

He may well still be banned if the SFA decide further action is necessary, but ahead of this, and after any ban, Patterson’s route to the first-team should remain unblocked.


Balogun is a centre-back and he doesn’t have the game to offer the same attacking threat that Gers are used to from Tavernier.

Patterson might have retreated a bit in the second half of the Antwerp game but that was more to do with the dynamics of the two-legged tie.

He’s shown that he can be the man to step up and play in Tavernier’s absence and we’re excited to see what he can do tonight against fifth-placed Livingston.

Ibrox News columnist Alex Mcleish called him a Tav “doppelganger” after his game against Antwerp and Gers fans will be licking their lips if he is in the starting XI tonight.

It’s a dramatic turnaround for the youngster but he deserves his second chance at a club he loves.

After the Antwerp game he said, “Nothing matters more to me than playing for the badge.”

That’s exactly what we want to hear and we’re ready to see him in the starting XI tonight.

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