RANGERS OPINION

93 minutes is not that long in the grand scheme of things.

Just over an hour and a half, less time than it takes to do a full load of laundry, barely even enough time to watch Trainspotting, you’d be forgiven for not getting an awful lot done during any given 93 minute period over the course of an average week.

But in 93 minutes on Friday night, young Nathan Patterson managed to get the whole of the Rangers fanbase buzzing, and convinced them that he is Ibrox’s next all-conquering academy product.

The teenager made his debut in the 2-0 Scottish Cup win over Stranraer, and looked every inch the heir apparent to James Tavernier’s right-back throne.

But just how good was he?

Well, offensively there was a lot to get excited about.

The defender managed four successful dribbles, four accurate crosses, six progressive runs, and came painfully close to scoring with his one shot on target too, as per Wyscout.

There was a constant air of positivity about his play, and at every opportunity he looked to be turning his winger on his heels and taking the game to Stranraer.

As a point of reference, by the way, Tavernier has averaged 5.58 crosses and 4.56 dribbles per game this season, with just a 29.7% and 59.5% success rate in those areas respectively, as per Wyscout.

Similarly, in his defensive work, Patterson won 60% of the duels he was involved in. Tavernier isn’t too far ahead of him for the entire season with a success rate of 64.9%, despite facing an awful lot more.

Of course, you can make some very relevant arguments about it only being one match, and about the relative quality of the opposition compared to the Scottish Premiership, but crunching the numbers, it’s hard to not get excited about this young man who looks to have the world at his feet.

In other news, Confirmed – Senior Rangers talent completes English loan switch.

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