Alex McLeish reacts to James Tavernier and Nathan Patterson experiment
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Alex McLeish has suggested that Nathan Patterson will be fearful of becoming a versatile player after Steven Gerrard’s Rangers experiment last week.
Rangers faced Arsenal at Ibrox on Saturday afternoon, playing out a 2-2- draw in front of fans on a sun-drenched day in Govan.
The second half saw right-backs James Tavernier and Patterson play together against the Gunners, and Gerrard explained afterwards that it is something he might continue to try [Rangers TV, via BBC Sport].
He said: “It is something we’re going to have to work on in training – we’ll have to get them used to it.
“If we use this system, it will be more in a back three or a 4-1-4-1 where James is more out wide, where he is more used to being where he is when he plays right back.
“It is something that is on my mind and it is something we are going to experiment with.”
Ex-Gers boss McLeish has suggested that 19-year-old Patterson may have some doubts if he starts to get moved around the pitch.
“It will be an interesting one,” McLeish told Ibrox News. “What do you do?
“Patterson is a young lad and he will be trying to pin himself down to one particular position and not be seen as a versatile guy who’s going to play in five or six positions.
“He’ll want to nail down a position.
“It will be interesting to see those ideas.“
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