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Alex McLeish has been pleased by Rangers using “common sense” when dealing with young defender Nathan Patterson in the past month.

The Bears talent earned his first league start against Livingston on Wednesday evening and played a big role in the 1-0 victory.

McLeish has predicted that this is the start of big things for Patterson, who has shown “great skill” in recent outings such as the Antwerp win.

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Speaking exclusively to Ibrox News, McLeish said, “Come on, we did say it’s a very unusual time.

“Especially young people, as I’ve always said about young players coming in, to play in their first game, you see the brilliant youthful enthusiasm, but they don’t have all the answers.

“Just like they don’t have all the answers in life, and you have to learn the hard way. Rangers dealt with it and it was dealt with in a manner of which was common sense.

“This lad has come through the ranks, his last couple of games have been with great skill. This could be the start of something big for that kid.”

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Patterson has enjoyed a rollercoaster month, to say the least.

The youngster first breached COVID-19 protocols, and when it looked as though his future was hanging by a thread, injuries have handed him a massive opportunity at Ibrox.

Leon Balogun and James Tavernier have both had problems, and Steven Gerrard has been able to fall back on Patterson and rely on him.

McLeish is delighted with the response of the Bears, and they have played if safe with this one.

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