Partick Thistle boss Ian McCall has claimed that he will be “astonished” if young defender Nathan Patterson isn’t a Rangers regular within 18 months. 

The full-back made his debut on Friday night against Stranraer, and caught the eye with an impressive display, as per Ibrox News itself. 

And former Gers player McCall is tipping him for big things in Glasgow based on hours of watching the starlet.

Speaking on BBC Sportsound, as quoted by the Scottish Sun, he said: “I’ve watched Nathan Patterson a lot, I’d be astonished if he wasn’t a regular Rangers player within a year to 18 months.

“Astonished.”

Former Scottish international James McFadden then backed him up on his argument.

He said: “Young Nathan Patterson on Friday night looked really good.

“We can’t get too carried away because it was against Stranraer but the qualities that he showed; his position play, the fact he wanted to get on the ball.

“You can say it’s Stranraer and they were expected to beat them, but it’s still a young boy coming in for his debut in front of more or less a full house and they still have to go out there and demand the ball.

How good can Patterson be?
Look, let’s not get ahead of ourselves here.
The youngster seriously impressed on Friday, but it was just one game against lower league opposition.
What you would have to say, however, is that he looked as if he handled the pressure of a senior role superbly, and he did look exceptionally bright throughout.
His total of  four successful dribbles, four accurate crosses, six progressive runs, and shot on target that came mightily close to beating the keeper, as per Wyscout, showed a young man who has the potential to be a massive player for the Gers in the future.
Sometimes fanbases and the media have tendency to hype up players to unrealistic expectations that ultimately never come to fruition, but if everybody is patient with Patterson, and if he is given the proper time to build on the potential he so clearly has, he could be excellent.

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