Rangers Colts star Nathan Patterson admits that Saturday’s Challenge Cup quarter-final being played at Ibrox is a “bonus” for Graeme Murty’s side – and wants their impressive run in the competition to continue.
The attacking right-back is likely to start for the Colts against Wrexham on Saturday and thinks the experience of playing in front of a crowd at Ibrox is a “taste of the end goal for the youngsters.”
After beating Solihull Moors on penalties in the last round, Murty’s side are set to attract an impressive crowd to Ibrox and Patterson admits that going from playing against youngsters their own age in the UEFA Youth League to playing men in Challenge Cup is something “totally different” but he’s pleased with how they have handled the experience.
“It is obviously a bonus for us as it is the stadium we want to play at sooner rather than later. Playing at Ibrox, in front of a crowd is what we want to do at our age. It gives us a taste of the end goal for us,” Patterson said, as quoted by The Herald.
“We have done well but we know we have a strong squad. We have struggled in a few games but we have dug deep to get the results we needed. We have come a long way in this tournament and we want that to continue. We play in the youth Champions League and then we go up against men, it is totally different.
“We have coped with that challenge really well. It is a learning curve for us. These guys have played in big games in their career and are used to it. But we have managed to get the better of them which has been really pleasing.”
Patterson and Jame Maxwell have both really impressed this season in the full-back roles for the Colts and both will have a big part to play against Dean Keates’ side.
With a trip to Bratislava coming up later this month for the second leg of the Youth League clash with Slovan Bratislava, it’s an important month for Murty’s side.
Hopefully, the Wrexham game is just the first of many this season for the Colts in front of a healthy Ibrox crowd.
The match will kick-off at 3pm, and admission to the game is £10 for adults and £5 for concessions. Tickets can be purchased online HERE