Rangers are moving closer to a new deal for exciting youngster Nathan Patterson, according to the Athletic. 

The full-back was injured in the 2-0 win in the quarter-final of the Challenge Cup at Ibrox on Saturday, but put in another brilliant 30 minutes while he was on the pitch.

That led to Graeme Murty saying after the game, “He has all of the characteristics you would ascribe with an elite level full-back.”

Patterson also came in for praise from former Aberdeen striker Noel Whelan after his display against Wrexham.

Talking to Football Insider, Whelan said, “I can see him challenging James Tavernier for a first-team spot, if not this season then next season. Nathan Patterson is a young lad but he’s totally fearless.

“I saw an interview with him in which he says he wants the captain’s spot. I just love to see it, that kind of attitude and self-belief. This lad’s destined for the top.”

Patterson is out of contract in the summer and it would be a big boost if Rangers can tie him down to a new deal.

There were scouts watching him on Saturday and he might be tempted with a move down south, but Rangers have the advantage of being able to offer first-team football quicker.

There’s a new focus on youth at Rangers since Steven Gerrard took over and Patterson is exactly the sort of player that we need to keep hold of.

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