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.


Rangers wonderkid Nathan Patterson was the subject of transfer interest from Premiership rivals St Johnstone in January but they were told “no chance”. (Photo by ANDREW MILLIGAN/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

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.

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“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.”

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Rangers have an interesting dilemma with club captain James Tavernier first choice at right-back and precocious young talent Nathan Patterson impressing behind him. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

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:


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.

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