Tavernier and Rangers teammate are causing 'big problems' for Gerrard - McAvennie
Frank McAvennie predicts issues between James Tavernier and Nathan Patterson will come to a head at Rangers this season.
The Celtic icon, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, claims the Gers can’t keep both players happy.
As quoted by the Scotsman (4th October), Steven Gerrard revealed he plans to ration James Tavernier’s game time this season by bringing Patterson into the fold more often.
This came as 90min reported Man United are looking for a new right-back to sign in January with Patterson on their radar.
McAvennie claims Gerrard’s plan won’t work and predicted trouble as Patterson continues to be linked with a move away.
“I don’t know the boys personally,” McAvennie told Football Insider correspondent Ben Wild.
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“What I do know is that rotating the two of them will not work. That won’t keep them happy.
“Tavernier is the captain, he is going to play every game if he is fit. Patterson is a young lad with the world as his feet.
“He also wants to and needs to play every game. I understand the problem Gerrard faces.
“There will come a point where Patterson will say I need to play every week and he’s not going to get that.
“It’s a strange situation but it will come to a head at some point this season.
“This will become a big problem as these transfer links continue.”
Patterson has only made four appearances for Rangers this season.
However, he has been called up to the Scotland squad for this month’s internationals.