Barry Ferguson has claimed that Rangers youngster Nathan Patterson will know he is on his “last chance” at Ibrox after breaching COVID-19 rules.
The defender came off the bench against Royal Antwerp and scored after 16 seconds in his first appearance since being caught by police.
Ferguson compared Patterson to Alan Hutton, claiming that there are similarities between the talent and the “Immense” Ibrox hero.
Writing in his Daily Record column, Ferguson compared the youngster to Hutton due to his bombing runs forward into the opposition half.
“He knows this is probably his last chance,” he said. “He’s made a mistake, let’s move on from it.
“He’s got potential and I see similarities between him and Alan Hutton in their style, although Hutton had six months where he was unplayable before moving to Tottenham.
“He was immense but there are similarities in the way Nathan bombs forward and he’s a strong runner. Alan played a number of games and Nathan has to do the same.”
Hutton was at Ibrox for six years and made nearly 100 appearances during his time at the club, so Patterson is still some way off.
The passion and relief on his face after the goal against Antwerp was everything we wanted to see, and maybe this was what he needed to kick him forward in Glasgow.
Patterson will know that he hasn’t earned back every last bit of trust from the likes of Steven Gerrard, but he has made the perfect start.
With James Tavernier and Leon Balogun potentially injured, this is a massive opportunity for the youngster, and he must grasp it with both hands.
In other Rangers news, Alex McLeish thrilled by the ‘unplayable’ Alfredo Morelos v Antwerp