Rangers captain James Tavernier has claimed young full-back Nathan Patterson has a big future at Ibrox, as captured by RangersTV.
Patterson is still only 18, but he made his competitive debut for the first team last season and is currently serving as Tavernier’s back-up following the departures of Matt Polster and Jon Flanagan.
He came off the bench in the closing stages of the Europa League Last 16 defeat to Bayer Leverkusen following the resumption of football and has made two appearances so far during the 2020/21 campaign, the latest of which came against Lincoln Red Imps.
Patterson played 48 minutes in Gibraltar after replacing Kemar Roofe and impressed once again.
His role model, Tavernier, has been impressed by the teenager’s attention to detail and work ethic.
“I’m delighted for Nathan,” said the Gers captain, as captured by RangersTV. “He’s a great lad to have in the changing room. He’s like a sponge, he takes everything in and gets his head down and works hard really hard
“I believe he does have a big future at Rangers and a big future in football. As long as he keeps working hard, as he is now, he’ll have a very good future.”
Tavernier was then asked whether or not he is back on penalty duties for the club, but he dodged the question, saying: “That gets decided, I can’t be revealing anything yet.”
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Tavernier has been complimentary every time he’s been asked about Patterson, a young player many see replacing the current skipper in the starting XI a few years down the line.
The teenager is far from the finished article but exposure to the first-team environment at Rangers and involvement at youth international level for Scotland will ensure he continues to improve.
As a fan of the club, Patterson is particularly motivated to make a success of his time at Ibrox and he’s certainly on the right track at present.
As for the penalty question, it’s little surprise Tavernier didn’t give anything away. The Gers have kept their plans under wraps since a series of players tried and failed from the spot last season.
Tavernier may well get the nod again when the next one is awarded but summer signing Kemar Roofe is a new potential candidate.