Rangers star hails ambitious Games Programme role in Euro milestone
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Rangers star hails ambitious Games Programme role in Euro milestone

Rangers full-back Nathan Patterson made his first European start in the win over Lech Poznan last week as Steven Gerrard’s side topped Group G with a record points tally – and the defender was delighted to make the milestone appearance as he looks to dethrone James Tavernier.

Patterson replaced the skipper and earned rave reviews for his performance in Poland, with the Scotland under-21 star confessing that the club’s Games Programme for the Academy helped make slotting into the side feel more ‘natural’ for him.

Patterson and Mikael Ishak of Lech compete for the ball(Photo by PressFocus/MB Media/Getty Images)

The defender also featured for Graeme Murty’s side last season in the UEFA Youth League, earning plaudits from fans, and wants to continue showing what he can bring to the side.

“It was great (starting against Poznan),” Patterson said [RangersTV].

“As a young player you’re just looking to get as much game-time as possible and starting against Poznan was a great achievement for me. I really enjoyed it and it was good to get the three points.

“The Academy set the Games Programme up so we could test ourselves against top players and then when you go into the first-team it’s a bit more natural.

“It’s great to see the fans think you’re a great player and I just want to show what I’m capable of.”

Patterson has really impressed when called upon but it might end up being in his best interests to go out on loan and get regular minutes under his belt.

With James Tavernier in the form of his life just now, the teenager could have a while to wait before he has a shot at a consistent place in the starting XI so a temporary exit might be for the best.

Patterson also appeared against Lincoln Red Imps in qualifying (Photo by Fran Santiago/Getty Images)

Either way, he has a very exciting future ahead of him and will hopefully go on and cement his place in the side before too long.

Patterson impressed on Thursday night as Rangers secured top spot in Group D with their fourth win in six Europa League matches – but here’s why they may not receive quite as much prize money as has been reported.