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Rangers left-back Borna Barisic has told the club’s official Twitter page that his teammate Nathan Patterson will be able to handle the Celtic players at Ibrox.

Steven Gerrard’s Rangers will take on Celtic at Ibrox in the Scottish Cup on Sunday.

Patterson has been playing at right-back in recent weeks due to the injury to James Tavernier.

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Tavernier is one of the best right-backs in the Scottish Premiership, and Rangers manager Gerrard has said that there is still a chance that the former Newcastle United man could feature in the game.

Rangers left-back Barisic believes that 19-year-old Patterson will be able to handle the Celtic players if he plays in the Old Firm derby.

Rising star

Patterson has been playing well in recent weeks and has started to show what he is capable of.

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There has been controversy over the availability of the 19-year-old against Celtic in the Old Firm derby, but the teenager seems mature enough to take it all in his stride.

According to WhoScored, Patterson has made two starts and three substitute appearances in the Scottish Premiership and has made three starts and one substitute appearance in the Europa League for Rangers so far this season.