Alex McLeish fires warning at Nathan Patterson after Young Player of the Year award

Alex McLeish has put Rangers defender Nathan Patterson in his place despite his recent Young Player of the Year award nomination.

The young right-back hasn’t played for the majority of the season but has been recognised for his impact since coming into the side.

James Tavernier has returned to the side, and McLeish believes he has solidified his spot as the “boss” at Ibrox in these games against Celtic.

Speaking exclusively to Ibrox News, McLeish said, “He’s still the boss, isn’t he.

“Nathan’s on a learning curve as well and he’s learning very quickly as he knows when you’re playing for Rangers you have to give top-level performances.”

Know your place.

After Tavernier’s new contract, both right-backs are at the club for the long term.

It is a brilliant dilemma for Steven Gerrard to have, but Patterson has only just broken through into the side, and Tavernier is easily the first choice.

Patterson will know his place and will be grateful for the opportunities that he has been getting, and with the Champions League coming up, he will surely get more.

Tavernier starting to pick up injuries could mean that the door has been opened slightly for Patterson and he must be ready.

Gerrard will be managing both, but everyone will know their place, and as McLeish mentions, everyone knows that Tavernier is the boss and will continue to be for the future.

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