Rangers keeper Wes Foderingham has lauded Gers Academy duo Nathan Patterson and Kai Kennedy after their debuts in the Scottish Cup win over Stranraer on Friday – and hopes to see more of them in Steven Gerrard’s senior side.

Patterson started at right-back while Kennedy was a second-half substitute and Foderingham believes that Patterson seized his chance to impress.

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - APRIL 15: Wes Foderingham of Rangers during the Scottish Cup Semi Final between Rangers and Celtic at Hampden Park on April 15, 2018 in Glasgow, Scotland.

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Foderingham also revealed that Kennedy has been the “best player” in some first-team training sessions, calling the midfielder a “very difficult” player to come up against.

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“Nathan has done really well, he performed really well in Dubai and in training he has looked very strong, so I think he deserved his chance,” Foderingham told RangersTV.

“He grabbed the opportunity with both hands and was superb up and down the line and crossing into the box. I think the club will be really excited with Nathan.

“Kai has been training with us a little bit longer and in some of the sessions, he has been the best player. He is very consistent and a very difficult player to play against.

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“I was pleased for him to get on the pitch as well and hopefully we can see more of him.”

Both have really impressed in Graeme Murty’s Colt side and the injury to James Tavernier could see Patterson retain his place in coming games.

15th April 2018, Hampden Park, Glasgow, Scotland; Scottish Cup football, semi final, Celtic versus Rangers; Rangers' Wes Foderingham roars instructions to his side

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There are some really talented players coming through the Academy and, hopefully, the first-team can start bearing the fruit of that as they make the step up to the senior squad.

If they can keep their place in the squad moving forward, it will be a real boost to the other youngsters coming through and show them that there is a pathway to the Rangers starting XI.

 

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