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Gary McAllister says Rangers have two truly ‘outstanding’ players in their ranks

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Gary McAllister says Rangers have two truly ‘outstanding’ players in their ranks

Glasgow Rangers assistant manager Gary McAllister has waxed lyrical about Ibrox right-backs James Tavernier and Nathan Patterson, saying they’re both “outstanding”.

Tavernier has enjoyed an incredible season, registering 11 goals and 10 assists in the Scottish Premiership en route to Rangers’ 55th title.

The club captain has been an ever-present for much of the campaign, with 41 games in all competitions under his belt, during which he registered 17 goals and 15 assists.

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Tavernier has been out injured since February, but academy graduate Patterson has impressed in his absence.

Indeed, calls for the 19-year-old to be included in Steve Clarke’s Scotland squad for Euro 2020 growing by the week.


And McAllister suggested that Rangers may re-jig their tactics to ensure Patterson, who has played as a right-winger for Scotland’s Under-21s, can keep getting game time once Tavernier is back.

“What a wonderful position for the manager and everyone here at the club, to have two outstanding players in the same position,” McAllister told Sky Sports.

“Could that evolve and could there be a little bit of change there? Time will tell.

“The beauty is that we’ve got an outstanding youngster and a player whose numbers are probably among the best in the world from that area of the pitch.

“As a club, we are uber-delighted to have two outstanding players in that area.

“There are different formations that, you never know, we might be able to get the two of them on the pitch at the same time.”

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