Nathan Patterson showed plenty of promise against Lech Poznan as the Rangers youngster deputised for James Tavernier in Thursday’s 2-0 win.
The 19-year-old was drafted in as the Gers secured top spot in Group D which means an easier draw for Rangers in the knockout stages of the Europa League.
Patterson had a tough task replacing Tavernier as the Gers captain has been simply sensational this season.
But the youngster performed well on his European debut and there were plenty of signs to suggest Rangers have a decent young player on their hands.
You can see by looking at Patterson’s Wyscout heatmap that he did a similar job to Tavernier as he spent plenty of time in the opposition half as well as in his own.
This is a big positive for the Gers as it suggests they have a backup player who can perform in a similar manner to Tavernier if they ever have to rest their star man.
Patterson’s stats from Thursday’s game also make for positive reading for Gers fans.
According to Wyscout, Patterson won 80% of his defensive duels against Poznan which shows he is more than capable of defending against a decent attack.
He also won 75% of his offensive duels which suggests that when Patterson went into a tackle he was winning the ball more often than not.
Patterson also made three interceptions and two clearances as he helped his side secure a clean sheet away from home.
The six recoveries Patterson made also show how relentless he was in winning possession back for his side.
The 19-year-old also showed more signs that he is a similar player to Tavernier as, according to Wyscout, 100% of his attempted dribbles were successful.
He also made two progressive runs against Poznan as he showed that he has offensive qualities as well as defensive solidity.
Patterson’s performance should prove to Steven Gerrard that he has a capable replacement for Tavernier in the event that the Gers captain is unavailable.
At 19, Patterson has a lot of room to develop and after making his European debut against Poznan, Gers fans will be wondering just how good he can become.