Alan Hutton has heaped praise on young Rangers defender Nathan Patterson. 

The teenager started his side’s 6-1 demotion of Lokomotiv Tashkent in Dubai over the weekend, and according to a report from The Athletic, could be in line for another nod when the Gers make their competitive return to action against Stranraer on Friday evening.

And Hutton believes that he deserves that opportunity.

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Speaking to Football Insider, he said: “Full of confidence, full of running up and down the pitch on what would have been a hot day, full of energy, good touches – he did everything.

“He’s coming into his own that he’s wanting to put pressure on (James) Tavernier so I think come next season he will be vying for that spot with him.

“He’s going to push Tavernier, he looks very good and athletic, he’s got all the qualities to be a top full-back.”

Does Patterson deserve his shot?

First things first, there is absolutely no doubt that Patterson has massive, massive potential.

It might have been a friendly, but for him to slip into first team action so seamlessly, alongside some of the Gers’ biggest names and in swelteringly hot conditions, as alluded to by Hutton, really takes a special talent.

On the basis of that, why shouldn’t he get his chance?

No offence to Stranraer, but the pressure should really be off on Friday, and it feels like the perfect opportunity to give the youngster his bow.

Patterson signed a new long term deal just before Christmas, as per the Gers themselves, and with that in mind, this could be the first step towards a long and illustrious career at Ibrox, if he continues on his current trajectory.

In other news, Noel Whelan tears into ‘desperate’ Rangers player over transfer stance.

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