Nathan Patterson has come through a rollercoaster few weeks and is back in contention for Rangers' right-back slot.

With James Tavenier sidelined and makeshift right-back Leon Balogun set to miss out on the trip to Livingston with a muscle injury, Steven Gerrard will have to turn to the 19-year-old against Livingston.

He repaid the faith Gerrard had shown in him just 16 seconds into his substitute appearance in the Europa League as he found the net against Antwerp.

But can he continue the momentum against the beaten Betfred Cup finalists and prove himself as deputy to Tavernier in West Lothian following the controversial rule breaches?

Record Sport takes a look at the key areas where Patterson can shine and how he compares to Tavernier.

Scoring contribution

Tavernier's free-kick against Dundee Untied was sensational

Scoring is one area in which the injury to Tavernier has left a gaping hole.

The skipper has netted a total of 16 goals so far this campaign, and while Patterson marked his return to the side with a strike against the Belgians, it is his only senior goal so far.

In fact, the surprise strike is the only shot on target for the Ibrox starlet compared to 34 in 40 games for The Light Blues captain.

It leaves Patterson with a mere 0.05 xG (expected goals) per game compared with 0.88 for the Ibrox captain.

With Tavernier scoring from all over the park, including a superb long-range free-kick against Dundee United back in December, it's easy to see why the the InStat figures rate him highly.

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Aside from his impressive figures in finding the back of the net, Tavernier has also been a key figure in helping others find the net.

He has 11 assists to his name with so far this campaign, averaging 0.28 assists per game for the key figure.

However, Patterson has contributed to two goals so far this term, averaging 0.22 assists per game during his limited game time.

Despite not boasting the same attacking record as Tavernier, it's easy to see why Gerrard has stuck with the youngster as back up.

Possession based football

Patterson fits into the Ibrox style of play

Patterson fits in perfectly to the style of play and has an impressive ball retention record as Rangers obliterate team with an attacking, passing threat.

The youngster rarely gives away possession with a 75 per cent passing accuracy average, which narrowly trailed Tavernier's 80 per cent per game average.

He loses the ball far less frequently than the more senior Tavernier, with a 4.9 per game average to surpassing 8 times the captain gives up the ball.

In fact, he has a better crossing accuracy on average that Tavernier, with 33 per cent of his deliveries finding a teammate when compared to 22.

Defensive duties

Despite Rangers' wing-backs being key to their attacking play, they also must be able to defend.

Patterson has won 59 per cent of his challenges compared to 58 per for Tavernier, but the Englishman tends to win the ball back in better positions with six attacking challenges per game when compared to 5.7 for the academy graduate.

More minutes on the park will really tell Patterson's tale, but ahead of a potential SFA suspension he appears to be a capable understudy at right-back.

Future potential

Patterson has been involved with Scotland at youth level

Tavernier is approaching his thirties and Patterson could be the solution at right-back for both club and country.

Compared to current Scotland right-back Stephen O'Donnell, the starlet has won a higher percentage of his tackles, with 58 per cent compared to 59, and puts in more tackles, and takes on more dribbles into the area.

Despite O'Donnell's Motherwell battling at the wrong end of the table, Patterson puts in more tackles on average per game with 2.8 compared to 2.4.

Will a place in Steve Clarke's Euro 2020 squad come too early for youth cap Patterson, even if he can get a run in the Rangers team? It's a problem position for the national side and will be one to watch going into the World Cup qualification double header against Austria and Israel.