BT Sport pundit Alex Rae was impressed by Rangers youngster Nathan Patterson after he started the 2-0 win against Lech Poznan on Thursday.
Patterson, 19, was handed his first start of the season at right-back, coming in for James Tavernier as Steven Gerrard rested the in-form club captain.
It was also Patterson’s first appearance after serving a spell in self-isolation after a number of his Scotland Under-21 team-mates tested positive for COVID-19 in the last international break.
Patterson lasted 66 minutes of the win in Poznan before Gerrard substituted him off for Tavernier.
As he made his way off the pitch, BT Sport commentator Rob MacLean said on BT Sport 3: “He’s played his part.”
Former Rangers midfielder Rae replied: “Yes, without a doubt.
“He’s had a good 65 minutes, Rob. The experience will do him the world of good.
“Poznan are left-sided at the moment. Tavernier’s been absolutely outstanding this season.”
Patterson needs more game-time
Patterson is clearly a highly-rated young right-back to emerge as Gerrard’s second-choice in that position.
However, due to Tavernier’s incredible form this season, Patterson’s route to earning game-time is effectively blocked until matches like this Poznan one come around.
Of course, there will be cup games to be played in the coming weeks but with Rangers desperate to win silverware this season, will Gerrard be willing to risk the inexperienced defender over Tavernier?
According to stats by WyScout, Patterson did enough to suggest he can perform in games where there is something to play for – like there was in Poland on Thursday.
In his 66 minutes on the pitch, Patterson completed one of his four crosses, completed both the dribbles he attempted, made three interceptions and six recoveries and won 80 per cent of the defensive duels he was involved in.
There’s no surprise Rae and MacLean were impressed by the teenager’s display but we would like to see more of him if Gerrard is willing to take the risk of leaving Tavernier out more often.
In other Rangers news, fans blasted this one player at half-time against Lech Poznan even though the Gers were leading.