Highly-rated teenager Nathan Patterson has spoken about his time at Rangers, making passionate comments in an interview with RangersTV.
Patterson – one of the brightest homegrown talents at Ibrox – made his first-team debut last season in the Scottish Cup against Stranraer.
Since then, Matt Polster and Jon Flanagan have both left the club, ensuring that aged just 18, he’s Steven Gerrard’s backup right-back.
Having been at the club for a decade, though, he’s well aware of the pressures attached to the privilege of representing the senior team.
“I have been here for 10 years now, and you strive to get to the first-team as early as you can,” Patterson told RangersTV. “When you are a Rangers player, you have high expectations on you, no matter who you are or what age you are.”
“You are expected to go on and play well. There is an expectation from the fans and you need to live up to that.
“I have been here for 10 years and been through the full Academy, and watched players come through and progress and that has just boosted me to make me want to be one of them as well. It’s great as this is the club I love.”
“Every day I come in, keep my head down and work as hard as I can. I train well every day and hopefully that puts me in good stead so when I get that opportunity, I am ready.”
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It’s encouraging to hear a young player speak with such maturity about the challenges attached to representing such a big club.
Patterson clearly feels a great affiliation to Rangers as a supporter but also as a player who has represented the badge across every age-group level.
He’s not the finished article just yet, as we saw during his difficult UEFA Youth League outing against Atletico Madrid at Firhill earlier in the year.
However, he has all the raw attributes to succeed as an attacking right-back and he’s already impressed plenty of supporters.
Patterson is firmly behind skipper James Tavernier in the current pecking order but he’ll hope that in a few years time, he can go on to prove that the Gers Academy is capable of producing players who are both mentally and physically equipped to handle the challenges of regular first-team football at Ibrox.