Rangers host St Mirren on Sunday for their second league game of the season – and some of the club’s supporters on Twitter have claimed they would like to see academy graduate Nathan Patterson start the match.
Steven Gerrard’s side kicked off the new 2020/21 league campaign with a 1-0 away victory against Aberdeen last weekend and are out to try stop Old Firm rivals Celtic winning the title for a 10th consecutive year.
The Gers were eliminated from the Europa League on Thursday in their defeat to German side Bayer Leverkusen, but their European efforts over the past 12 months shows the team are making progress.
A selection of Rangers supporters on social media have stated that Patterson should get an opportunity in defence against St Mirren.
The 18-year-old is a highly-rated right-back to come out of the Ibrox academy and has been around Gerrard’s main group since pre-season.
Despite being an extreme bright talent, it seems unlikely that the Scottish full-back is going to get many starts in the XI, as he’s competing against club captain James Tavernier for one position.
Patterson came off the bench against Leverkusen to earn some more valuable experience at the top level and the teenager should be pleased with any first-team opportunities he’s given.
Here are some Rangers fans discussing Patterson:
Would drop Tav for Patterson.
Roofe not fit.
Would not play Morelos.
Stewart or Jones on left and Kent on the right.
If we can’t beat St Mirren time to forget it!
— John MacDonald (@JohnMacdoj2) August 7, 2020
Tavernier 🔄 Patterson
— 𝙏𝙤𝙖𝙨𝙩𝙞𝙚 🇬🇧 (@rockthekasbah88) August 6, 2020
I would play Patterson at RB for the st mirren game
— Jamie (@RangersFCJamie) August 6, 2020
Helander Patterson instead of tav and goldson
— Aaron Cook (@Cookiea2003Cook) August 6, 2020
I would try Patterson against st mirren
— Paul R (@1872raeburn) August 6, 2020
Patterson starts Sunday n I don’t want to hear anymore about it, captian or not he’s shocking
— Ross (@RAC_1872) August 7, 2020
I totally agree 👍 I love Tav but I’m tired of us giving up possession too many times and he’s terrible for it, he’s either brilliant or terrible, and it’s the latter too often of late .
Patterson is ready but it won’t happen, the gaffer won’t drop the captain…. WATP 🇬🇧
— Dabber1872 (@dabber1872) August 6, 2020
Hope to see more of Patterson boy looks a talent seems to be quite settled in and around the first team
— Gerrard Loyal (@LewisMcLachlan2) August 7, 2020
Young Patterson deserves a chance surely? Tav been whipped a few times this season from Gerrard.
— Stevie G (@MickAird123) August 6, 2020