Former Rangers full-back Alan Hutton believes that Nathan Patterson is better than him than he was at his age in one major department in comments which could have dollar-signs in the eyes of Gers fans.
Hutton remains the club’s highest ever transfer fee received after he moved to Tottenham Hotspur from Ibrox for £9m in January 2008 [Mirror].
More than 13 years later that total remains the club’s record incoming transfer fee but there are certainly similarities between Hutton and Patterson.
The main one is clearly that both are products of the Rangers youth academy and that both play right-back.
But Gers record-holder Hutton believes that whilst the similarities don’t end there, Patterson, 19, is a better defender than he was at that young age.
“You can see Nathan Patterson is strong going forward, but he’s also excellent defensively too,” said Hutton [Scottish Sun].
“That was something I lacked at times because I tended to be too eager to get forward and would sometimes leave holes in behind.
“Patterson seems to know when to stay back and when to go forward.
“That’s what I really noticed from the first leg against Slavia Prague last week.
“Apart from that, there are definite similarities when I think back to what it was like for me breaking into the Rangers team.
“I made my debut at 18 but didn’t really start playing until I was 19, the age Patterson is now.
“I also think back to how I had the captain ahead of me, Fernando Ricksen, and Nathan now has the skipper ahead of him in James Tavernier.
“Back then I had to bide my time to get into the team and it’s been the same for him.
“I just wish Nathan all the best because I’ve been really impressed with him and hope he goes on to have a great career, which I’m sure he will.”
Should Patterson continue his fine development at Ibrox then he may well be the next Ibrox academy figure to go for big bucks if the Gers cannot keep a hold of him.
Rangers fans might also look across the city to the situation with Kieran Tierney where the ex-Parkhead left-back earned Celtic £25m when he moved to Arsenal [BBC Sport].
But there’s certainly a long way to go for Patterson before outlandish figures can be thrown around – and that starts with breaking his way into the Scotland set-up.