By Alan Hutton

20th Jul, 2021 | 1:58pm

Hutton thrilled by what he's heard about Rangers plans for Patterson

Alan Hutton is thrilled to hear Steven Gerrard reveal his plans to get James Tavernier and Nathan Patterson into the same Rangers side.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Gers defender admitted he was fascinated to see how the Ibrox boss adapted to get two natural right-backs into the same starting XI.

Speaking to Rangers TV after the 2-2 draw with Arsenal at Ibrox, Gerrard revealed he would “experiment” playing Tavernier and Patterson at the same time heading into next season.

However, the Gers boss insisted it would “not come overnight” and would require work on the training ground.

Hutton insisted Patterson, 19, needs to be playing after his breakthrough season last term.

He suggested a change of formation may be on the cards at Ibrox.

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Hutton told Football Insider’s Russell Edge: “The one growing thing for me that Gerrard spoke about was the introduction of Patterson at right-back and Tavernier moving forward.

“I’m very interested to see how this develops. I think Patterson is in a space now where he needs to be playing.

“However, we understand Tavernier’s the captain, what he brings to the team.

“What he has done has been pivotal to what they do. I’m really looking forward to seeing how this develops.

“Tavernier for me, I think he’s better coming onto the ball and having everything in front of him. It’s very difficult to put a full-back up there with their back against players. Everything changes.

“So could there be a change in formation? Possibly.

I think it will be interesting, it’ll be an interesting dynamic, I think, moving forward.”

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