Alex Rae has heaped praise on Rangers full-back Nathan Patterson for his debut performance against Stranraer in the Scottish Cup on Friday evening. 

The teenager made his Ibrox bow in the 2-0 victory over the lower league side at Ibrox, and could be in line for a first Scottish Premiership start tonight against St. Mirren, with skipper James Tavernier still out injured.

But while Rae is unsure as to whether he will be thrust in the limelight again against the Saints, he is certain that Patterson impressed him last week – although there were some minor caveats.

Speaking on Ladbrokes’ Social Club, he said: “I don’t think there were any standouts [against Stranraer], other than young Patterson. He was the bright spark.

“But in terms of putting a young boy into a game, where you’re going to dominate possession 80%, then all of a sudden it’s a great platform. You’re constantly on the ball, you don’t have any questions defensively.

“The big question will be whether he features on Wednesday [against St. Mirren]. I think Flanagan will probably be the one who you can possibly go to, but I think the young boy done brilliant.

“Some of his deliveries were excellent, intelligent, it wasn’t just balls out across the face.”

How good was Patterson on Friday?

As Rae alludes to here, it’s probably important to remember the calibre of the opposition he was facing, but nonetheless, it was hard not to be impressed by Patterson on Friday.

The young full-back took the occasion and the atmosphere of Ibrox under the lights in his stride, and by the end of the game it was little wonder that social media was abuzz with his name, as per Ibrox News itself.

In that game he 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.

All of that is very impressive, and hints at massive amounts of potential.

Defensively he is still untested, however, and whether Steven Gerrard sees fit to chuck him in to Premiership action just yet remains to be seen.

All things considered though, the future is bright.

In other news, ‘Witch hunt’ – Hartson and Ferguson clash in heated debate over key Rangers talent.


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