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Alex McLeish believes that the SFA have helped Steven Gerrard solve a major Rangers headache in the build-up to the Scottish Cup clash v St Johnstone.
Nathan Patterson saw his appeal rejected this week meaning that he will miss four games through suspension in all competitions.
McLeish insisted that will make it easier for Gerrard, who can now select James Tavernier without having to explain his decision to the younger option.
Speaking exclusively to Ibrox News, McLeish said, “That’s right.
“It has fallen into place for Gerrard. Rather than making a difficult decision, when you have to take a player out and talk to him, but we kind of thought the captain would come back as soon as he got the green light.
“Getting minutes is certainly the best thing for him. Although he already has that core, he has that in the bank, but it is good for him to get a game and get back in the running.
“Hopefully, for Rangers, more glory ahead.”
Of course, we all want this selection headache, but we have been racking our minds at who could start against St Johnstone on Sunday all week.
Without this ban, we truly believe that it would have been Patterson, as Tavernier continues to recover from his long-term injury.
This way, Gerrard and the skipper will know he is guaranteed to start and have had all week to prepare accordingly for the huge quarter-final clash.
Patterson will find himself massively unlucky, but at least he will be back playing before this season ends, that is if we get past the Saints on Sunday; fingers crossed.