Rangers star Nathan Patterson continues to make major headlines but for anyone doubting the kid’s class they need only look at his performance over two Celtic counterparts.
Not least one former England youth international who’s broken through at a Premier League club in Everton loanee Jonjoe Kenny and his £12m (€14m) AC Milan loanee teammate Diego Laxalt.
Both players had a torrid time during Rangers’ 2-0 Scottish Cup victory at the weekend and all it did was highlight the aggressive, concentrated performance of 19-year-old Patterson.
It’s been a while since Rangers had a breakthrough talent like Patterson in their side but with each passing game, he continues to look like the real deal and very worthy of the continuing headlines.
The right-back’s performance at the weekend was one of a player growing in confidence, Patterson happy to both receive the ball, but also continually positioning himself to do so.
Not only that but when Patterson got on the ball he drove at the Celtic terrified Diego Laxalt – a Uruguayan international who boasts that Serie A transfer fee – to the point he had to be subbed at half-time.
That tackle he won on him in the second half before driving into the box was a thing of beauty and summed up exactly why the Rangers coaching staff are so excited about Nathan Patterson.
On the other flank, Kenny’s effectiveness – at our end of the pitch at least – was a mere fraction of Nathan’s, Patterson putting the Everton loanee to shame with his direct running and enthusiasm.
No one is saying Kenny isn’t at the very least a capable player but he was like a rabbit in the headlights whilst Patterson exuded confidence and ability.
This simply stands to highlight the quality of player we have in the youngster and why his reputation continues to snowball in Scotland.
Kenny’s failure to drive into the space behind the Gers backline was continuously highlighted by the commentary team and his apprehension was clear to see in the match.
If an apparent Serie A full-back and a Premier League player are made to look like schoolboys with Patterson only 19, it certainly bodes well for the future.
Rangers certainly have a dilemma with Nathan Patterson and club captain James Tavernier both playing in the same position but some fans have a solution to the problem.