By Ibrox News speaking to Alex McLeish

25th Jun, 2021 | 2:10pm

Alex McLeish: James Tavernier could need to leave for Nathan Patterson to shine

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Alex McLeish has insisted that Rangers skipper James Tavernier may be on the move away from Ibrox this summer.

The defender has signed a new contract in Glasgow, and now faces serious competition from Nathan Patterson in the seasons to come.

McLeish has been impressed with the talent and his breakthrough with Scotland, which could push him into more contention.

Speaking exclusively to Ibrox News, McLeish said, “That could be a big stumbling block for Nathan.

“If the captain stays at the club, how does he get in the team? How does he prove that he can be an international?

“Whether the captain gets a move, it could halt his progress, but at the moment, I think Patterson will be happy watching from the sidelines.”


This is the ultimate conundrum for Steven Gerrard moving into next season in the Scottish Premiership.

Patterson burst onto the scene when he was needed the most when Tavernier was injured last season, and no one will have expected him to do as well as he did.

There is no doubting that the skipper will start, but there could be more rotation this year with the Champions League coming into play.

McLeish suggested a potential exit, but there will be no chance of that happening, with the core of the side likely to stay the same.

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