Rangers Academy star Nathan Patterson “deserved his chance” to impress after James Tavernier was struck down by an appendix problem – according to team-mate Jamie Barjonas.

Barjonas has played alongside Patterson regularly this season in Graeme Murty’s Colts – also playing with Tavernier in the first-team – and thinks this teenage team-mate has been “brilliant.”

Football - Scottish Premiere League, St Johnstone v Rangers, McDiarmid Park, Perth, Perth and Kinross, UK, 21/May/2017."nCredit: Ian Jacobs"nRanger's Jamie Barjonas

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Midfielder Barjonas will spend the rest of the season on loan at Partick Thistle but thinks Patterson being given his debut for the first-team in the recent Scottish Cup win over Stranraer is proof “anything can happen” for the other youngsters at Ibrox.

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“Nathan Patterson deserved his chance when James Tavernier got injured,” Barjonas said.

Every reserve game I have played in Nathan has been brilliant. I was at the game against Stranraer and he was brilliant.

“It just shows that anything can happen; someone might get injured and you get drafted in and if you perform then you are in there.

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“Young boys should definitely keep their heads up.”

The likes of Lewis Mayo and Kai Kennedy have also been on the fringes of the first-team recently but the unexpected loss of Tavernier led to calls for Patterson to be given an extended opportunity to impress.

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - JANUARY 17: Nathan Patterson of Rangers is seen making his competitive debut during the Scottish Cup fourth round match between Rangers and Stranraer FC at Ibrox Stadium on January 17, 2020 in Glasgow, Scotland.

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Jon Flanagan and Matt Polster have both been handed a chance to impress while Tavernier has been recuperating but Patterson done his long-term chances no harm with an impressive performance against Stranraer.

With Flanagan failing to take his chance, if anything happens to Tavernier in the future, Patterson might just get his opportunity to compete with Polster to replace Tavernier in the Rangers starting XI.

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