Rangers full-back Nathan Patterson has praised the club’s Academy coaches for helping him reach Steven Gerrard’s first-team and admitted he is “very grateful” for all the help they have given him.
Patterson is now a fully-fledged member of the first-team at Ibrox after his rapid breakthrough from the Academy and confessed that the Academy staff have helped him through some “tough times and some great times.”
The teenage defender made his first-team debut at the start of 2020 and credits the coaching staff for helping to make him ready to compete with senior pros like James Tavernier for a place in the side.
“All the coaches at the Rangers Academy have been great with me. They have helped me through tough times and some great times,” Patterson said during a Q&A on Twitter for Rangers Youth Development Company.
“Every coach I have worked with has helped prepare me for being in the position I am now and they all look after the young players at the club. I’m very grateful for everything they have done to help get me where I am now.”
Captain James Tavernier was recently full of praise for the teenager, saying that he has a big future ahead of him at Ibrox after impressing over the last 12 months.
While his game time might be restricted by competing with Tavernier, Patterson looks as though he’ll be given a chance as much as Gerrard can fit him into games.
Hopefully, that’ll allow him to really push on and fulfil his potential and stake a claim for a starting place for years to come.