Rangers defender Nathan Patterson will be out of action for two weeks, Steven Gerrard has confirmed, after having to self-isolate following his return from international duty.
After an outbreak of Covid-19 within the Scotland under-21 camp, Patterson is one of a host of people either confirmed to have tested positive or forced into isolation.
The Gers boss admitted his side “won’t see” Patterson for a fortnight, ruling him out of clashes with Benfica, Falkirk and Standard Liege – with him also likely to miss the trip to Ross County a few days after his return.
“We focus on Rangers and we have had some challenges ourselves as Steven Davis hasn’t been available to start as we only saw him on Friday,” Gerrard told Sky Sports.
“Nathan Patterson is out and we won’t see him for two weeks.”
Missing the Falkirk clash will be a particular blow as it would have been safe to assume the right-back would have been given a start ahead of skipper James Tavernier.
There will be a concern from the club given the lack of any cover for Tavernier, should he pick up an injury, over the next fortnight with Ryan Jack the likely alternative.
Hopefully, there are no other issues as a result of Patterson having to isolate and it once more raises serious questions over continuing international football in the midst of a global pandemic.