By Kealan Hughes

21st Apr, 2021 | 12:10pm

Gary McAllister in awe of Nathan Patterson and James Tavernier

Gary McAllister is a huge fan of James Tavernier and Nathan Patterson and believes Rangers are lucky to have them.

Patterson has deputised for Tavernier since he was sidelined with injury in February, but the captain could play against St. Johnstone on Wednesday.

Steven Gerrard has a tough decision to make at right-back, therefore, though McAllister suggests tactics could be shuffled to accommodate both players.

As quoted by The Scottish Sun, McAllister said, “What a wonderful position for the manager and everyone here at the club to have two outstanding players in the same position.

“Could that evolve and could there be a little bit of change there? Time will tell.

“The beauty is that we’ve got an outstanding youngster and a player whose numbers are probably among the best in the world from that area of the pitch.

“As a club we are uber-delighted to have two outstanding players in that area. There are different formations that, you never know, we might be able to get the two of them on the pitch at the same time.”

A nice headache

Rangers are lucky to have two superb right-back options, particularly as the pair are at different stages in their careers.

Due to his age and inexperience, Patterson should be grateful for any opportunity he gets to impress on the pitch – he cannot expect to be starting ahead of the Gers captain every week.

Also, he has been able to watch Tavernier on and off the pitch, and that may have helped him make such a good start to his Ibrox career.

Tavernier’s return to fitness likely means Patterson will drop to the bench though, unless McAllister and Gerrard change things up tactically.

Given Tavernier’s 15 assists and 17 goals it is possible he could play further forward.

However, though he could likely fulfil the role of a right midfielder, being part of the front three would be expecting too much from him.

If Gerrard switched to a 4-2-3-1 formation he could fit in both Tavernier and Patterson, and imagining the pair bomb up and down the right flank is a very enticing prospect.

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