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Blow for Rangers could be blessing in disguise for teen prospect lauded by Alan Hutton - Opinion

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Rangers have been dealt a blow with the news that captain James Tavernier is set to miss several games through illness.

Rangers fans, who do you think should replace Tavernier at right-back over the next few games?

Patterson has yet to play competitively for the first team but got 45 minutes in last weekend’s friendly win over Lokomotiv Tashkent in Dubai, while he has featured regularly for the development side in the UEFA Youth League this term and ex-Rangers right-back Alan Hutton told Football Insider this week that he feels the youngster is good enough to rival Tavernier for a first team place next season.

If Tavernier is indeed out for three weeks, he would end up missing Friday night’s Scottish Cup tie against Stranraer and five Premiership fixtures (as per TransferMarkt).

While Tavernier’s absence is a body blow for Rangers, it presents Gerrard with an opportunity to give one of his lesser-used players the chance to prove their worth over a series of games.

[via TransferMarkt] While the impending absence of the squad’s second most-used player is likely to be felt by Rangers, at least Gerrard has a broad choice of options to take the 28-year-old’s place at right-back for the next few games.

Tavernier has been a mainstay of Steven Gerrard’s squad this season, having thus far played every minute in the Premiership and Europa League group stage and missing only two matches in the entire campaign to date.
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