Nathan Patterson isn’t the only outstanding young right-back on Rangers’ books right now, with another turning out regularly for the B Team in the Lowland League.
Despite a lack of recent playing time at club level, Patterson has just been called up for Scotland duty by Steve Clarke and it’d be no surprise if he played an important role in their upcoming World Cup Qualifiers against Moldova and Denmark.
He’s received rave reviews from fans, pundits and managers alike since breaking into the Gers first-team and he has a brilliant career ahead of him.
A breakthrough for another homegrown Gers right-back who’s two years Patterson’s junior might not be too far away, though.
When Adam Devine headed out on loan to Brechin City during the second half of last season, their then-manager Michael Paton asserted that the Light Blues believed him to be ‘on the same path’ as Patterson [Brechincity.com].
Anyone who witnessed the B team’s 1-0 win over Berwick Rangers at the weekend will know why the comparison was made.
Devine – who was captaining the Young Gers in the absence of Kyle McClelland and Leon King – is an athletic full-back who looks as confident going forward as he is defending.
In much the same way as first-team stars do with James Tavernier, B-team midfielders were constantly looking for Devine on the overlap and the 18-year-old was consistently available.
He almost scored a fine opening goal in the 7th minute, cutting inside from the right and linking up with Juan Alegria before firing a left-footed shot from the edge of the area just wide of the right post.
His run made it clear that he’s capable of going both ways to beat opponents, even though his preference is to hug the touchline and whip crosses in with pace.
🙌 Today's #RangersFC B Team Captain, Adam Devine.
🗣️ Post-match reaction coming soon. pic.twitter.com/0MvVfniKhU
— Rangers B & Academy (@RFC_Youth) October 30, 2021
Devine’s willingness to play first-time passes made him stand out from his teammates, some of whom required two or three touches before moving the ball along, slowing down attacks as a result.
There was also evidence of real defensive nouse across the 90 minutes, with the teenager – who has been called up by Scotland U19s for clashes against Armenia, Croatia and Gibraltar later this month – making several important interceptions and then showing a cool head in possession even when inside his own box.
Clearly, this performance came against Lowland League opposition and Devine is not yet the finished article.
But if he continues to work hard, don’t be surprised if he follows in Patterson’s footsteps and makes a name for himself in the game.
After the win over Berwick Rangers, B team head coach David McCallum revealed to Rangers News that a promising player missed the game because he’s been training with the first team.