Following Saturday’s dominant Tunnock’s Caramel Wafer Cup quarter-final win over Wrexham, Graeme Murty reserved special praise for young Rangers defender Nathan Patterson.
The 18-year-old right-back has played a big part in the impressive cup run and is a regular at youth international level for Scotland.
Unfortunately, his big chance to impress at Ibrox was cut short, as he was forced off through injury after just half an hour.
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“He’s in a boot,” confirmed Murty. “He’s got a sore foot and we’ll assess it and see how serious it is.”
It’s a shame for the teenager, who would no doubt be gutted to miss out on a place in the semi-final XI, having played such a big part in the campaign so far.
It’s not all doom and gloom though, as he’s clearly impressed the club’s main Academy coach in recent times.
“I think he’s really accelerated since the start of the season. He’s really pleasing to work with and he’s got all the characteristics you would ascribe to an elite-level full-back.”
“He’s got the frame, he’s got the technique, he’s got a level of subtlety and disguise that is generally lacking in younger players.
“All we need to do is be patient with the kid at the moment because we still have to build him a body. Once he gets that, then hopefully, he can get to the next stage.”
It’s a big pat on the back for Patterson and his efforts so far this campaign, and here’s hoping he can return to action sooner rather than later.