Nathan Patterson had a rollercoaster month in February and pundit Paul Slane has praised the Rangers youngster.

The 19-year-old was one of five players to break Covid-19 regulations but he overcame that to score against Royal Antwerp last week.

Slane was full of praise for the manner in which he bounced back, and also aimed a dig at Ally McCoist for his comments about the right-back the week before.

He told the Open Goal Podcast (02/03, 49:40), “The week before the away leg in Antwerp he (McCoist) sat there and said how will the boy Nathan Patterson be feeling because he knows he would have taken part with Tavernier getting injured.

“He didn’t need to say that McCoist.

“[He’s the] first Rangers player I’ve ever been proud of. I was really really happy for him.

“His career could have been done…he made a difference that game.

“Unbelievable man-management from Gerrard.”


Strong character

Patterson showed brilliant mentality to bounce back from his recent disappointment.

The setback may have been the result of his own making but he did not let it deter him from making a good impression on Steven Gerrard.

Stevie G deserves praise for his handling of the affair.

Patterson was clearly in the wrong and received his punishment by being excluded from training.

But the boss knows he is young and clearly has talent too.

The Antwerp match was finely poised when the defender entered the pitch and he made an immediate impact with his goal.

He did not let the occasion or the recent negative attention affect his focus, and we could not be happier for him.

We were impressed with the level of professionalism and hope he maintains it.

He seems to be a cool head of young shoulders and that should aid his development.

In other Rangers news, Andy Halliday gushes over ‘unbelievable’ Rangers star after his Antwerp display.


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