Kenny hails two 'proper' Rangers players with 'brilliant ability'
Steven Gerrard’s plan to regularly rotate James Tavernier and Nathan Patterson at right-back for Rangers is spot-on.
So says ex-Premier League goalkeeper Paddy Kenny, speaking exclusively to Football Insider about the Scottish champions’ gifted right-back duo.
As quoted by The Sun on 4 October, Gerrard revealed “We want maybe less games out of James, but more quality.”
“We’ve got just as much trust in James as we do in Nathan and vice versa,” he went on to claim.
Tavernier, 29, was named PFA Scotland Player of the Year for 2020-21, while 19-year-old Patterson enjoyed a stunning breakthrough season.
Patterson, now a three-cap Scotland international, has four appearances this season compared to Tavernier’s 12.
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He started his first Scottish Premiership match in 2021-22 on 3 October as Gerrard’s side came back to beat Hibs 2-1.
Kenny claims Gerrard’s rotation plan is good news for both players and Rangers as a unit.
He told Football Insider correspondent Adam Williams: “They have got a lot of tough games to play.
“They are two players who are equally as good in that position. I think it’s good for Tavernier to get his rest because he’s a fair bit older than Patterson.
“Then the young lad gets some experience in there as well. It’s magnificent to have the level of competition and to use them both regularly.
“You have two proper players with brilliant ability fighting for one position. That can only be a good thing for Rangers.”