Gary McAllister says Rangers may not face a selection dilemma with skipper James Tavernier and young pretender Nathan Patterson after hinting that Steven Gerrard could add both to his line-up. </ Ibrox captain Tavernier is a candidate for Player of the Year, who has scored 17 goals from right-back this season.
But the knee injury that has kept him away since February gave 19-year-old Patterson a chance to show his talents.
The youngster has excelled in the last few weeks, demanding that he be added to Steve Clarke’s Scottish squad for Euro 2020 from week to week.
Two well-trained full-backs could Giving Gerrard a big headache thinking about who to leave out. However, McAllister suggested that Gers could realign his tactics to ensure Patterson, who played as right winger for the Scottish U21s, can continue his development.
« What a wonderful position for the manager and everyone here at the club to have two outstanding players in the same position, « said Gers assistant McAllister.
» Could that develop and change a little there? Time will tell.
« The nice thing is that we have an outstanding youngster and a player whose numbers are probably among the best in the world in this area of the field.
« As a club, we are very happy to have two outstanding players in this area. There are different ones Formations where, as you never know, we could possibly get the two onto the field at the same time. «
Gerrard hopes Tavernier is ready to return to Premiership action since Gers did this tonight the first of two consecutive clashes with St. Johnstone.
Patterson and his teammates Bongani Zungu and Calvin Bassey should hear the outcome of their appeal against six bans for violating the Covid rules last night, but they will likely make the trip to miss Perth.
Tavernier was back on the bench against Celtic on Sunday and McAllister has promised that changes will be made to the team that won the Scottish Cup 2-0 to take on Callum this Sunday Davidson’s team to reach a quarter-finals.
« After an Old Firm weekend and a big positive result, we’re starting this week, » he said. « But when you look at the week ahead, you think it’s just another big one.
» That’s how we like it. I think we will probably freshen up for the league game on Wednesday.
« But we will be strong in the two games as we want to continue our form in the league and move forward in the cup. »
« We know St. Johnstone, they know us because we have played it three times already. The message from us is that if we want to continue our run we will be strong.
« We are playing against a highly organized team, which has had a wonderful season.
« You will be full of confidence, but we will try to go there and attack and win the game so we can continue this run. »
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