Scottish Premiership rivals St Johnstone failed in a January loan bid for Rangers wonderkid Nathan Patterson, McDiarmid Park manager Callum Davidson has claimed.
The Gers are set to visit St Johnstone in the Scottish Premiership on Wednesday before the Perthshire club do the reverse journey to Glasgow in the Scottish Cup on Sunday.
Prior to the clash between the two sides, Davidson revealed that his side – who currently have Gers kid Glenn Middleton on loan – tried to snare 19-year-old Patterson on a January loan deal.
Davidson – who led St Johnstone to both the League Cup and a top six finish this season – also couldn’t speak highly enough about the Gers kid.
“I’m really excited when I watch him play,” said Davidson [Four Four Two].
“He is someone we looked at when we were losing Danny McNamara in January. I had a look at Nathan Patterson and thought, ‘Oof, I wouldn’t mind mind getting him’. But no chance.
“He’s a fantastic prospect and hopefully he can continue to develop the way he is.
“He’s got a lot of potential, you see his energy levels and his quality, but for me it’s his attitude. He’s got a great attitude when he’s on the pitch, he never gives up.
“I am really excited about that for the national team.
“Attacking full-backs are part of the threat in most teams, especially the way Rangers play. They encourage their full-backs to get high and get the ball into the area. He fits that system really well.”
Davidson’s comments come during a time of debate amongst Rangers fans regarding what is best for Patterson’s development ahead of next season.
The Gers have recently announced a new deal for currently crocked club captain James Tavernier, the Player of the Year candidate a direct rival for the right-back berth.
Plenty are musing about a potential loan deal to continue the player’s development but for all intents and purposes, there is absolutely no suggestion from Rangers that they’ll let the talented full-back go out on loan next season.
Others have got creative regarding the situation with some even taking to Twitter to suggest that the swashbuckling, energetic and technically solid James Tavernier could move into midfield:
Just a thought, but I reckon @James_Tavernier could do a Fernando Ricksen and play in midfield..
Him and Patterson could play together…
— Jack🏴🇬🇧Dorset (@RTID1690) April 19, 2021
I reckon tavernier and Patterson will be our new right side for a long time
— Ewan ☺ (@Ewan_Carr) April 18, 2021
Tavernier can move into midfield. Can do everything Rangers ask of that role and more.
— . (@Footballstewart) April 19, 2021
— Kyle Carruthers (@KyleCarruthers7) April 6, 2021
Thoughts on playing Tav in midfield ahead of Patterson in the future? What a right flank that would be. I wonder if it would work tactically?
— Bomber (@617_Sqd) April 18, 2021
Why couldn’t Tav move forward to right side midfield? An area where we don’t have anyone as 1st pick. Moving Ricksen to midfield was the best thing that happened to his career at Ibrox. He was immense there!
— Ro55co 76 💙 (@Rossco76) April 18, 2021
Think Tav moving into midfield the same way Ricksen did around 2003/04 could be a shout. Can't see any reason why he couldn't play the role Arfield did today. And Patterson has to play to continue developing at a good rate. Best long term prospect in years.
— Zander1987 (@BigZander1987) April 18, 2021
Depends on the formation, but Ricksen made the move from right back to the right side of midfield. Tav has some engine on him so there’s no reason why not if he bulks up a bit.
— Belfast Books (@BelfastBooks) April 18, 2021
I always felt tav was better when he was pressing up the field so maybe do what we done years back with ricksen and push tav up into midfield and keep Patterson on the right of a back 4 but if that’s not the right fit then I would struggle to see anyone definitively picking
— james m (@james1690_1912) April 18, 2021
You thinking Tav right midfield?
— A (@william_duncan5) April 18, 2021
Push Tav into midfield.
— Liborsianko (@dabben_bets) April 18, 2021
With the Nathan Patterson playing so well, could Tav play infront of him as the right side of midfield 3.
— Wayward Lad (@AHW140) April 12, 2021
Whatever the answer, this is certainly a good problem to have with Rangers boasting the two best right full-backs in the country as things stand.
Tavernier, 29, is most certainly first choice but long-term there’s little doubt Nathan Patterson can become a key player for the Gers.
Whilst St Johnstone aren’t likely to sign Nathan Patterson on loan, one current Gers players on a short term deal remains open to a permanent move.