A number of Glasgow Rangers fans are hoping for big things from Ibrox academy gem Nathan Patterson after he was crowned Rangers Academy Player of the Year for 2019-20.
The 18-year-old Rangers right-back enjoyed a bright start to the decade, beginning with his exploits during the winter break training camp in Dubai.
Patterson put in an impressive display for the Ibrox side in the mid-season friendly against Lokomotiv Tashkent.
He then followed up that performance with a superb showing against Stranraer in the Scottish Cup fourth round.
The youngster also played a major role in Rangers Colts’ run to the Scottish Challenge Cup semi-finals, captaining Graeme Murty’s charges in the final four, and was in three Scottish Premiership matchday squads prior to the league being curtailed.
“Nathan has so much talent,” Peter Lovenkrands recently told the Daily Record. “With his shape and build he has a fantastic stature too.
“He’s tall, athletic, he has an engine that will take him up and down the pitch. Obviously he has still to learn position wise and how he uses his body and physicality but his attitude again is spot on.”
Steven Gerrard gave Patterson game time in pre-season and, with the 2020-21 Scottish Premiership campaign getting under way today, the teenager will hope to make the breakthrough this term.
Patterson will go into the new season on the back of being crowned Academy Player of the Year, a decision plenty of Bears agreed with and were happy to see:
— 🇬🇧🇿🇦 (@C1872___) July 31, 2020
— Dicky🇬🇧 (@RyanDick72) July 31, 2020
Your going to be captain one day kid keep it up
— PaulHallyburton (@ha11y6) July 31, 2020
— Tony Manero (@WelshyG48) July 31, 2020
Am I the only one who thinks that Nathan Patterson is developing a lot faster than other academy players?
— Kevin Wakeham (@KEGW1995) July 31, 2020
attitude I think is tip top and training every day with 1st team is bringing him on, 5 sub rule will help him in games we win early
— Scott Cameron (@Cammy26_2) July 31, 2020
Positives though. Castore deal, Bisgrove, Wilson, our scouting, the youth coaching quality increasing and money available is growing. The Youth team finally giving us Patterson then there’s Kelly and McCrorie who have big upsides.
— Dotty (@dottyRFC) July 31, 2020