Andy Walker suggets Nathan Patterson might have to leave Rangers
Andy Walker claims Nathan Patterson might have to quit Rangers in order to get a good amount of game-time next season.
Patterson, 19, has been in tremendous form since stepping up into Steven Gerrard’s first-team this season, helping them reach the last 16 in the Europa League and performing well in recent league games while James Tavernier has been injured.
However, Tavernier’s injury issues are behind him now and as the 29-year-old is the Rangers captain and top goalscorer this season, it’s very likely he’ll continue as Gerrard’s first-choice right-back next season.
Ex-Celtic player Walker claims that Tavernier’s place in Gerrard’s squad could see Patterson want to move on and continue his development elsewhere.
“I’m not sure if it’s a good thing for Nathan Patterson but you’ve got to agree that if both of them are fit next season, you start the season with Tavernier,” said Walker as shown in a clip on the Sky Sports website.
“He’s your captain, he’s a guy who’s scored all those goals.
“The thing I would be concerned about is this guy (Patterson) has exploded onto the scene. He’s played well in that game against Celtic, he’s shown up well in European ties, he gets a goal after so many seconds after coming on [versus Antwerp], he’s shown he doesn’t look out of place in that level of competition.
“Nathan Patterson needs to play so there might be a position where if Nathan Patterson wants to play, I think he might have to play elsewhere if Tavernier is your number one because he’s not going to get game-time.”
All this talk about Patterson needing game-time and potentially having to go elsewhere to get it is a load of rubbish.
Earlier this season, Tavernier was playing every week because he was scoring goals, getting assists and captaining the Gers to wins without Gerrard knowing whether or not Patterson was good enough to step in and allow the Englishman to get a rest.
However, he now knows that Patterson is someone who can easily slot into the side without things being any worse.
Gerrard would have been worried about doing that this season but he won’t be now. Even ex-Hibs player Tam McManus has tipped him for the Scotland squad and called the youngster “tremendous“.
Rangers will have a lot of games to play next season with Champions League qualification secured as well as hopefully getting further in the domestic cups than they did this term.
We’ll have plenty of weeks where there are two matches and we see no reason as to why Gerrard cannot rotate Tavernier and Patterson.
He doesn’t need to leave to get game-time, he’ll get plenty at Ibrox and this is just yet another bitter ex-Celtic player talking a load of nonsense.
In other Rangers news, Chris Sutton has been made to look a clown by this Gers ace over his comments in 2019.