Teenage defender Nathan Patterson says he wants a shot at the right-back berth in the Rangers first team, as quoted by the Scottish Herald. 

The 18-year-old is a Scotland youth international and an integral part of the Gers Colts and UEFA Youth League squads but is keen to push on to bigger and better things.

With fellow young right-back Jordan Houston out on loan at Ayr United, Patterson is the best available Academy prospect in his position and is hoping Steven Gerrard will soon offer him a chance to show what he’s capable of.

Gerrard gave Houston a competitive debut away at Cowdenbeath last season. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

“It is a good challenge having the captain playing in your position,” said Patterson, as quoted by the Scottish Herald. “I want to play for this club, so I will be trying my best to put in good performances. If I can do that then hopefully a chance might come for me.”

“I have spoken to Tav a few times but sometimes you have to dig deep and do your own thing. My style of football is similar to him in terms of being an attacking full-back.

“I have been involved with the first team a few times which has been good. I want to evolve my game around what the first team need.”

Verdict

It’s great to hear a youngster speak with respect about the Gers skipper but to also target taking his spot.

There’s no point coming up through the ranks if you aren’t prepared to challenge those in the first team, and it seems Patterson has plenty of ambition.

Tavernier is one of the first names on the team sheet, but Nathan Patterson is still eyeing first-team outings. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

He’s set to be involved on Saturday as the Colts take on Wrexham in the Quarter Final of the Tunnocks Caramel Wafer Cup at Ibrox.

A healthy crowd is expected and there should be a decent atmosphere with the Union Bears in attendance.

Therefore, it’s a great stage for the teenager and his fellow Academy stars to go out and show what they can do.

Realistically, it’s highly unlikely Patterson will be usurping Tav any time soon, but if he stars this weekend, Stevie G will be sure to take note.

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