Rangers manager Steven Gerrard opted to omit young full-back Nathan Patterson from his starting XI against St. Mirren on Wednesday night, and it’s fair to say that many supporters were disappointed by the decision.
The full-back impressed immensely on his senior debut against Stranraer on Friday evening, as per Ibrox News itself, but was benched for the Scottish Premiership clash against the Saints, leading to an outcry from some fans.
To be fair to the boss though, you can understand the reasoning behind his choice.
It’s exciting to see a young talent shine on his debut in the manner that Patterson did, but it’s also really important that he isn’t crushed by the weight of expectation that can come with a meteoric rise.
Based on how confident he looked last week, there’s every chance that he would have taken another start in his stride, but when the lad is still just a teenager, why rush him into anything?
Jon Flanagan is a very capable deputy, and there will certainly be plenty more opportunities for Patterson to prove himself in the future.
A wise, if somewhat underwhelming decision from the manager, all things considered.
Here are some of the best reactions from the Bears’ fanbase…
Patterson on the Bench what is Gerrard thinking
— Kristofer (@kristoferallan5) January 22, 2020
Would have liked young Patterson to start. But still a strong team.
— Rossco c: (@rosscurrie971) January 22, 2020
I feel for Patterson, I expect him to come on later in the game. Flanagan isn't great at going forward but not as bad as made out.
— SPK (@esspekay) January 22, 2020
— Matthew Sweeney (@Matthew73264094) January 22, 2020
Would have liked Patterson to start but Gerrard knows best, Mon The Gers WATP 🔴 ⚪ 🔵 🇬🇧
— Davie (@DavieMacRFC) January 22, 2020
— Fraser 🏴 (@fraserm55) January 22, 2020
Where’s Patterson man😭
— Stevie (@SteviePearson26) January 22, 2020
Rather Patterson Mr Rangers am no gonna lie to ye
— JD (@Jdownsy14) January 22, 2020