A turgid 90 minutes in Glasgow might’ve been settled by two Rangers goals against a stubborn Stranraer, but it was young Nathan Patterson who stole the show at Ibrox.
Given the nod for his first start and first appearance in a Rangers shirt proper, his inclusion turned heads at the beginning of the game.
But in a bit of a damp squib, Patterson’s inclusion and performance lit up what was an otherwise dreary affair.
The Rangers youngster was always an option and an energetic presence down the right-hand side, receiving the ball, driving at the defence and using it well.
Patterson was unlucky not to lay on a goal during the first-half and his range of crossing was particularly impressive.
He was also unlucky not to open his Rangers account in the second with his effort tipped over the bar by the Stranraer goalkeeper.
It was a solid introduction to the Rangers first team and a solid showing which has Rangers fans desperate for more.
The club’s supporters love to see one of their own come through and make the grade at Ibrox and there’s now real hope Nathan Patterson can be the latest name to make the grade at Rangers.
Here’s how some of the club’s supporters reacted to the 18-year-old’s performance on Twitter even jokingly earning comparisons to 118 cap Brazil and Barcelona legend Dani Alves:
A professional performance not littered with great individual performances but it's about getting through with no fuss. The boy Patterson was the stand out for me. Jones was really quiet was expecting more tbh from him.
— Rangers Bantz (@RangersBanter17) January 17, 2020
Major positive tonight is Nathan Patterson.
First team regulars were ok.
But The fringe players aside of Edmundson aren’t good enough to shine against Stranraer.
Jones – invisible
Halliday – not good enough
Barker – poor
Ojo – shouldn’t play again for us
— Tel-Aviv Loyal RSC 🇮🇱🇬🇧 (@telavivrangers) January 17, 2020
Wee Patterson the stand out so far
What do opposition goalies take before they play rangers? Deffo need tested
— CJ (@Cjnovo992) January 17, 2020
Dani Alves has posters of Nathan Patterson on his bedroom wall
— ᒪᎥᗩᗰ (@LiamWATP) January 17, 2020
Is Nathan Patterson better than peak Dani Alves? Not for me to say, but yes.
— BIG BUFF FAN (@CemetryGates89) January 17, 2020
So the sponsors wanted to meet Davis, the actual MOTM is Patterson by miles
— Craig (@CraigPattersxn) January 17, 2020
Is Nathan Patterson the best youth prospect to make the first team since Barry Ferguson?
— Gallus Pioneer … 55 (@Gallus__Pioneer) January 17, 2020
Patterson had a solid 90 minutes tonight was great to see, he didn’t look fazed at all. Davis was as good as ever always in control. Good 60 minutes in the legs for Jones and was class to see wee Kai Kennedy getting a run out I would rather he was in match day squads than Barker
— Watsy🀄️ (@Watsy1872) January 17, 2020
Very good performance by Patterson tonight. Massive potential that kid. 🔴⚪️🔵
— FollowFollowGru (@FollowFollowGru) January 17, 2020
Nathan Patterson loyal 🇬🇧
— Scotty (@Scott_Lindsay96) January 17, 2020
Patterson looked very comfortable on the ball. One for the future.
— Lee ⚓️ (@WhatSunnn_) January 17, 2020
Only positive to take from that game is Nathan Patterson
— TheDalcio (@EBTsLoyal) January 17, 2020
Superb debut by Patterson and great to see Kennedy get some minutes (should've had a goal served on a plate). On to the next round and another step closer to the double 🔴⚪🔵
— Steven Souness (@StevenSouness) January 17, 2020
patterson looks like he has a v bright future at rangers boy looks a player
— K Y L E (@KyleB_96) January 17, 2020
Patterson well and truely robbed of the MOTM
— William (@WTownsley) January 17, 2020
Patterson wasn’t the only Rangers youngster to make his debut in the 2-0 win over Stranraer with Kai Kennedy also coming off the bench to get his first minutes for the Gers.
With Rangers captain James Tavernier also set for a spell on the side lines [Rangers], will this be the last we see the youngster in the coming weeks?