Rangers fans make major call on Tav and Patterson

Rangers fans make major call on Tav and Patterson
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Rangers fans have decided on the best course of action for the RB puzzle featuring James Tavernier and Nathan Patterson, and it makes for interesting reading.

Obviously the futures of both are down to the new manager, but we at Ibrox Noise were intrigued to know what you all thought should happen, and here’s what you said.

We provided you with five options, and in reverse order, here’s what you chose.

The least popular outcome was selling Patterson – just 8% wanted the lad to be sold, presumably even at a huge price.

The second least popular was choosing Tavernier as number one and leaving Patterson as deputy. So, leaving things as they are. That managed 9%.

Now we get into third most popular, and that was choosing Patterson as number one and leaving Tav on the bench. A solid 18% thought that was the way to go.

And second top was selling Tavernier. Not sure what we’d get for him in truth, but it was a popular option at 22%.

But the landslide winner at almost half with 43% is combining both. Keep both players in the XI, presumably Patterson as RB and Tavernier as RW.

So that seems to be the preference.

If the two cannot be combined, however, most fans want to see the back of Tavernier in the first team, either being sold or benched.

There’s no denying Patterson is the more popular option, but Tavernier has a tribalistic backing from a big chunk of the support too, so we’ll be interested in how the new boss deals with the pair – will he combine them as fans desire?

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  1. Sell Tav, kamara and Goldson in January I’d we can offload them but l fear we will be lumbered with the absolute dross for another 2 seasons at least, l never liked any of them nor rated any of them

  2. Interesting result but one option you didn’t consider was moving Patterson to LB. I was intrigued when he came on their 12 days ago and at SGs comment that it was good for his development. I aLso note that his goal for Scotland last week was scored with his left foot.

    I’m continually astonished when professional footballers are described as having a “weaker” foot – how can they be practising every day and still have a “weak” foot? My dad used to send me out for an hour every night to play wall passes and only use my left foot. I think SG maybe had plans to use Patterson further as an LB, particularly if we could move on Barisic in January.

    • I know what Gerrard meant by saying it would be good for his development but I suspect he probably meant now and again.
      You shouldn’t be too astonished Dave. I played football all my days and don’t think I ever came across a truly 2 footed player. I too was encouraged to use both feet but one was still regarded as my weaker foot.

    • Agreed Dave, good experience for the boy and can cut onto his stronger right foot initially though his left foot didn’t look too shaky for his Scotland goal and I agree with many that we need to play him or lose him!

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