Rangers fans have flocked to an official club tweet to make a selection demand ahead of Thursday night’s Europa League Group A clash vs Sparta Prague.
Despite only being 20, Nathan Patterson is a major fan favourite at Ibrox and that’s due to a number of factors.
He’s a homegrown player and there aren’t many of them about at the club right now. Furthermore, he’s a bluenose and he has bags of potential.
Many fans are concerned that he isn’t playing regularly enough and amid considerable transfer speculation, will soon be off to the Premier League.
He’s only featured six times across all competitions so far this season, playing 356 minutes.
That’s far from ideal, especially given that he’s been available for the vast majority of the fixtures.
Realistically, he’d be receiving much more game time if he played any position other than right-back. The fact is, though, that he’s behind the club’s long-term captain in the pecking order, a player who was in scintillating form before the international break.
Tavernier has three goals and eleven assists to his name already this season – remarkable numbers for a full-back.
Yet, the 30-year-old wasn’t at his best against Hibs on Sunday and as a result, many supporters are pushing hard again for Patterson to be handed a first club start since early October.
Therefore, when the club tweeted his fine strike against Royal Antwerp in last season’s Europa League Round of 32 as the ‘Goal of the Day’ on Tuesday, fans flocked to the post.
Some questioned if it was a sign that a start was in the offing and others simply took the chance to demand his inclusion in the side.
Here’s a selection of reactions from Twitter:
Is this a sign? https://t.co/jAODnWO5dR
— Tyler van Patterson 🇳🇱 (@Tyler_RFC55) November 23, 2021
— Davie Van Bronckhorst (@dave_n84) November 23, 2021
Get this boy starting on Thursday
— Class But Expected 🇬🇧🇬🇧 (@PenmanDeclan) November 23, 2021
Nice. Now start him
— Ben (@BenRFCx) November 23, 2021
Play him then
— Jamie🇬🇧 (@jamie__rangers) November 23, 2021
Get him in the team
— Ben 🇳🇱 (@BenBaker___) November 23, 2021
Its a sign 👀 https://t.co/OhewMjYRXF
— Kieran (@kieranmcl96) November 23, 2021
Patterson to start on Thursday confirmed ☑️ https://t.co/uItoJrnqao
— John Baggley (@JohnBaggley0) November 23, 2021
Let this be the indication he starts Thursday 🙏 https://t.co/jtq8jM7DmH
— Every Other Saturday Podcast🇬🇧⚽️ (@EveryOtherSatu1) November 23, 2021
Plenty of supporters are excited here but given that he’s already confirmed that Tavernier will continue as captain, it’s highly unlikely that Giovanni van Bronckhorst will drop the skipper for his first game in charge.