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Mark McDougall

Steven Gerrard details Rangers plan with formation tweak to suit James Tavernier and Nathan Patterson

It's been the question everyone has been asking since Nathan Patterson burst onto the scene - how do you get him game time with James Tavernier at the club?

The right back has a tough job on his hands to keep Tavernier out of the right back slot, and the Rangers skipper also knows he has a difficult task to hold onto the jersey.

But Steven Gerrard has revealed he is working on a way to get both into the team and he managed it at Ibrox on Saturday when he moved Tavernier into a right wing slot in the second half.

With Patterson behind him, it meant it got both players into the side and he admitted it's something he's going to look to do on a regular basis this season.

The Rangers boss admits that it is a work in progress and won't be able to happen right away, but he does expect to get a solution sorted.

He told RangersTV: "We're going to consider it because they're two really good players.

"But it's not going to happen at the flick of a switch, it's something we're going to have to work on in training, we'll have to get them used to it.

"They're two fantastic players so I can't have one of them on the bench for every game of the season that's for sure.

"There will be times when it'll suit us and times when I don't need it but it is something that's on my mind, and it is something we're going to experiment with."

Tavernier was playing as one of the 'inside 10s' on this occasion but Gerrard says that won't be what happens moving forward and there will be a change in shape of he does.

He hinted he could use a back three or move to a 4-1-4-1 instead so Tavernier isn't playing with his back to goal.

He said: "It's not a big strength of his, but what I will say is I didn't want to change the system during the game today.

"We had too many changes so I didn't want to go to a 4-1-4-1. If we use this system (with Tavernier and Patterson) it'll maybe be more in a back-three or in a 4-1-4-1 where James is more out wide, where he's more used to being when he plays right-back.

"I certainly won't play him as a 10 with his back to goal, I can't turn him into a 10 overnight. But what I didn't want to do today was change the system because of where the scoreline was, and because we'd just made so many substitutions.

"So it's a work in progress but it's very early days."

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