Nathan Patterson: Rangers defender is at a crossroads
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Nathan Patterson: Rangers defender is at a crossroads

Rangers defender Nathan Patterson is one of the most talented youngsters to come out of the academy in the last few years.

The young Scot made his debut in the Scottish Cup tie against Stranraer in January 2020 and has come on leaps and bounds since.

Nathan Patterson made his Rangers debut against Stranraer in January 2020. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

The 20-year-old even made his Scotland debut earlier this year against Luxembourg, without being a regular starter at club level.

Steve Clarke took advantage of the increased squad sizes at Euro 2020, and the bluenose earned a relatively late call-up ahead of the competition.

The key question is, can Patterson get the regular outings at Rangers which will see the youngster fulfill his incredible potential? He is at a crossroads in his career and needs to be playing on a regular basis to improve.

Giovanni van Bronckhorst has a dilemma on his hands. With club captain James Tavernier cementing the right-back slot as his own under Gerrard, does the new manager approach the situation differently?

In van Bronckhorst’s first match against Sparta Prague, Patterson replaced Ianis Hagi on the right flank, further forward than he usually plays and this could be a valid solution to the problem the manager faces.

Realistically, both Tavernier and Patterson can play in the same Rangers team more often. All it would require is a few tactical tweaks and the manager could be onto something special.

Everton made a £5m bid for the young right back in the summer [Daily Record], which was obviously rejected, but with the January window looming, bigger bids could soon land.

Nathan Patterson is highly regarded at Rangers and GvB may need to change formation to utilise his talents. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

The onus is on van Bronckhorst to fit Patterson into the team and keep the defender happy, as he could be a mainstay in the Rangers side for years to come.

Patterson received praise recently from a Premier League star after scoring his first Scotland goal against Moldova.