Rangers boss Steven Gerrard appeared to indirectly take aim at the comments regarding who was the best right back in the country after the club’s 2-0 win over Celtic.

The Gers gaffer was bigging up teenage Ibrox full-back Nathan Patterson who was once again very impressive in an important match, with the 19-year-old’s reputation continuing to rise.

Patterson showed his quality throughout the clash with Celtic with the player growing in confidence with every match as the debate rages over a potential place in the Scotland squad.

The ongoing conversation surrounding Patterson led Motherwell manager Graeme Alexander to leap to the defence of current Tartan Army first choice Stephen O’Donnell.

The Fir Park full-back – according to Alexander – is “the best right-back in Scotland” [BT].

Speaking after the victory over Old Firm rivals Celtic, Gerrard appeared to answer these claims without directly mentioning Alexander as he lauded the Rangers Academy kid.

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“If there is a better right back in the country on form, I would like to see it,” said Gerrard [Glasgow Times].

“I would like to see it. If there is a better right back, on current form, that is Scottish, in the league, I would like to see it.

“I don’t have a choice in that department [if Tavernier comes straight back in]. The timing just happens naturally. James is available and we would have used him today if needed.

“Nathan got a kick in the last 15 minutes, we were wondering if he’d got a bit of cramp.

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Rangers kid Nathan Patterson once again impressed in a Gers shirt. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

“He emptied the tank for us today and his performance was outstanding.

“He has become a man in a short space of time. He’s maturing. We are still going to work on his body to make him bigger and stronger.

“He’ll hopefully be back to finish this season with us and have a really strong pre-season to develop him from a physical and football point of view.

“There is still loads more to come from Nathan which is really exciting.”

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Rangers boss Gerrard appeared to take aim at the comments of Graeme Alexander who was just doing the same thing by bigging up one of his players. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

There was some controversy heading into the match with Patterson currently awaiting an appeal to be heard regarding a Covid-19 breach which would otherwise have seen him miss the match.

Rangers star Patterson has also had his Scotland chances boosted this week by the news that a few spaces have opened up in the squad after a UEFA rule change.

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