Nathan Patterson was terrific against Hibernian and the Rangers right-back made a big statement with his performance on Sunday.
The 19-year-old has made the right-back spot his own in recent weeks and he was our one bright spark in the 2-1 win.
Allan McGregor made good saves and Ryan Kent scored a wonderful goal, but nobody matched Patterson’s all-round game.
He was explosive in attack and looked to get forward at every opportunity – he supplied a lovely disguised pass to Alfredo Morelos to fire in the cross that led to Joe Aribo’s goal.
In total Patterson produced five crosses, per SofaScore, which shows he was heavily involved in our attacking play, while he also completed two out of two dribbles.
Hibs were a tough opponent for Rangers and tested our defence, particularly in the first half.
Borna Barisic was caught out of position on multiple occasions, so much so that Sportscene pundits suggested Hibs were targeting our left flank.
It is telling they thought the Croatian was vulnerable and not 19-year-old Patterson – that says a lot about his defensive capabilities.
In fact, the right-back made three tackles and even more impressively, won 100% of his five ground duels – only Ryan Kent won more ground duels [six out of 12].
Even more impressive is the fact Sunday’s match was just Patterson’s third league start in his career.
He has progressed massively since getting his chance in February and has a really big future ahead of him, which is very exciting.
There is quite a big hurdle in front of him in the form of captain James Tavernier.
The 29-year-old is closing on a return to fitness but if Patterson maintains his current form we cannot see how Tavernier gets back into the side.
That might sound outlandish but Patterson has been one of our best performers in recent weeks.
Dropping him from the team could dent his confidence too, so do not be surprised if Tavernier sits on the bench when he first returns.