By Mike Slater

6th Apr, 2021 | 7:15am

Ian Durrant blown away by Rangers defender Nathan Patterson

Ian Durrant has been blown away by the impact of Rangers defender Nathan Patterson since replacing skipper James Tavernier.

The 19-year-old has come into the side after the captain picked up an injury in the Europa League tie against Standard Liege, and has not looked back since.

Durrant believes that Patterson will be a future captain at Ibrox, and could follow in the footsteps of those ahead of him at this moment in time.

Speaking on the Blues Brothers Podcast on Monday evening, Durrant believes it will have handed a real headache to Steven Gerrard.

“Patterson is like a Rolls Royce at 19,” he said.

“Playing in the team, you would think he’s been playing there for years. It’s a shame we’ve got two class players at right-back in Tav and the young boy.

“They’re talking about him being a future captain, at that age, he just looks like he’s been in the team. He just looks so confident.”

Impact.

It has been a real whirlwind in the past couple of months at Ibrox, with Patterson of the major positives away from the obvious.

Tavernier being injured could have been a major blow, but the fact that his absence has gone massively unnoticed is a testament to the youngster.

With an SFA charge hanging over the head of Patterson, we are hoping that it doesn’t affect him as much as Steven Gerrard suggests it could.

As for future captain? It will take some years for the likes of Tavernier and Conor Goldson to leave that spot available, but it is definitely possible should he want it enough.

In other Rangers news, Alan Rough launches an incredible attack on the Bears and the arrogance of Steven Gerrard this week