Rangers boss Steven Gerrard will be sick and tired of journalists asking him about the dilemma the Ibrox gaffer has at a right-back.

Ibrox captain James Tavernier is the first choice in the position with the emerging Scotland talent Nathan Patterson chomping at the bit behind him.

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Rangers captain James Tavernier is a hugely influential player for the club. (Photo by Steve Welsh/Getty Images)

But whilst Tav’s form hasn’t quite been at his best and Patterson continues to impress, whether Gerrard likes it or not, he has a major dilemma against Hearts this weekend.

Gerrard dropped Tavernier for Patterson for the clash with Hibs and after a rocky start the right-back composed himself to set up Kemar Roofe’s equaliser against the Easter Road side.

That whipping cross around the defender is a feature of Patterson’s play and somewhat ironically the full-back was taught everything he knows by the man whose position he’s trying to usurp.

When it comes to journalists and even fans asking the question regarding Tav and Patterson the motivations can often be Scotland-centric.

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But for Gerrard his decision has to centre purely on what is best for the Ibrox side on a game-by-game basis.


Against Hibs – with Tavernier a near-permanent fixture in the side – Patterson was preferred and it paid off for the Gers gaffer.

As we head into the Scottish Premiership clash with Hearts, it remains to be seen if this will be the case against the Jambos.

Tavernier – well-rested after a fortnight off in the international break – certainly appears the favourite to be recalled with Patterson away with Scotland during the break.

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But Nathan Patterson is emerging as a major talent for club and country. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

But as the youngster is proving at international level, it’s remarkably difficult to leave such an energetic presence out of the side with his form improving game by game.

It’s certainly a good problem to have for Steven Gerrard and as Patterson proved against Hibs and Tavernier has multiple times before, whoever gets the nod is more than capable of winning the game.

Patterson’s progress has been evident as he stakes a claim for the right-back berth for club and country amid comparisons to a £25m Premier League star.

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