Exciting young full-back Nathan Patterson has spoken passionately about his love of Rangers whilst on Scotland U21 duty, as quoted by the Daily Record.
The 18-year-old made his senior debut last season and is now a fully-fledged member of the Rangers first-team squad.
Following the departures of Jon Flanagan and Matt Polster earlier in the summer, he’s shifted up the pecking order to second choice right-back, behind James Tavernier.
His only outings since the return of football have been as a substitute in the fixtures against Bayer Leverkusen and Kilmarnock, but the bluenose has vowed to work hard to earn more opportunities both in the short and long-term.
“I’ve been at Rangers for 10 years – since I was eight,” said Patterson, as quoted by the Daily Record. “When you are younger, you always support your club and my club has been Rangers ever since I was born.”
“My family are Rangers supporters so signing for them at the age of eight was just an incredible moment for me. My family has kept me going. Now I’ve got into the first team, but I know I have to push on.
“Of course, it’s always going to be tough to get into a strong Rangers side no matter who you are. I just need to go in every day and give myself the best chance of playing. Rangers have the expectation and belief that you should go out there and win every game. And that’s what I like about the club.”
Nathan Patterson speaks passionately about his ties to Rangers – Verdict
Every time Patterson gives an interview, it’s clear how much being a Rangers player means to him.
As a homegrown talent and Gers supporter, there’s plenty of pressure on his shoulders at a time when fans are bemoaning the lack of local talent in the first-team squad.
He impressed plenty of Bears with his attitude and attacking intent last season, though, and he is being rewarded with consistent selections in Steven Gerrard’s matchday squads.
A number of young players in recent years have got to where Patterson is now and failed to kick on, so the onus is on the young defender to prove his worth and it sounds like he knows exactly what’s expected of him.