Ebene News – GB – Antwerp should have been Nathan Patterson’s greatest luck but the kid from Gers ruined it

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But football is all about decision-making – and last night the utter stupidity of a talented teenager made to party during the pandemic was there for everyone

Because while he was at home in disgrace, you could have turned on the kettle for the man he learns to come and harvest in Antwerp

At 19, Patterson was already hailed as future Rangers captain He had already trusted three European away games this season

Yet after these tumultuous last days, it will take a long time for him to regain that confidence if he recovers it at all

The fact that the partners he let down so badly are still in pole position to make the Europa League final 16 isn’t thanks to him or any of the other four who broke the lockdown – and a 4-3 rollercoaster win was surely no consolation to Patterson especially as he sat and watched his worst nightmare unfold

The point is, when James Tavernier collapsed on the turf at Bosuilstadion barely 24 minutes, that should have been Patterson’s moment

The question had long been asked where Ibrox’s side would be without Tavernier on big occasions – and how could it not be when he had already scored 17 goals this season, including five in Europe, with 15 assists a reminder? – but Patterson should have hit the ground to answer it

It should have been everything he had worked for He should have fitted in without all four backs dropping a point

Instead, however, it was a draw between a Ryan Jack midfielder or a Leon Balogun center-back closing the gap. Make and repair, rather than a custom replacement

It would be a mistake to suggest not to have a natural right-back in reserve – not to mention the lack of a natural left-back, given that Calvin Bassey is also on the bad side – which is why they shipped three for the third time only in 41 games

There were many more reasons why they didn’t have to come back twice from behind to take back the reins of what has become a veritable fortress

They got a freebie when home goalie Alireza Beiranvand waved and slid over the edge of his box and Joe Aribo calmly nailed himself in a crowd scene and into the empty net They didn’t ever lost when the big, wide man had scored – 12 wins, one draw – bodes well to go with the goal

Yet the truth is they had never really sunk, they had never really connected and those two goals in the final minutes of a half that seemed to go on forever summed up a performance that was so underwhelming that ‘they’ ‘I had been all season

A free kick hanging from the edge of the box and an unmarked header from Felipe Avenatti in the far corner?

This is the sort of thing Celtic have let happen all season, but Gerrard seems to have dragged his defense out of defense

As for the penalty, there is no doubt that Lior Refaelov’s dive was a joke and referee Georgi Kabakov’s judgment as shaky as his stopwatch.But there is no doubt that Steven Davis also took the risk of putting his hands on him in a climate where contact is so often assimilated to a fault

A game that had been stop-start almost from the start suddenly came to life From the first kick of the second half, it was pure basketball, a brilliant spectacle littered with goals, close things and controversial decisions

What the 36-year-old Davis had done on the cusp of the break, 32-year-old Antwerp skipper Ritchie de Laet tied soon after when he caught Alfredo Morelos in the box. repair of six meters to give a penalty

Martin Hongla’s skillfully placed disc put the Belgians back in the lead Ryan Kent slalomed to bring the score to 3-3

Wolf’s assistant goalkeeper Ortwin made a brilliant save with his Kent legs, then Allan McGregor scored his 84th European appearance with a carbon copy of Hongla on the other end

Then Kent’s training hit Abdoulaye Seck in the arm and the drama culminated with a second Rangers penalty

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Ebene News – GB – Antwerp should have been Nathan Patterson’s greatest chance but the Gers spoiled it

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