By Doug Ward

5th May, 2021 | 7:40am

Peter Martin baffled as Rangers teen Nathan Patterson makes young player of the year nominees

Peter Martin doesn’t want to be “controversial” but he’s done exactly that with a ridiculous claim about Rangers youngster Nathan Patterson.

The 19-year-old has been nominated for SFWA Young Player of the Year after a stunning breakthrough season at Ibrox.

Patterson has made 14 appearances in all competitions for the Light Blues, scoring twice with one of those goals being a stunner against Royal Antwerp in the Europa League.

The Gers right-back is up against Celtic’s David Turnbull, Aberdeen’s Lewis Ferguson and Hibernian’s Josh Doig for the award [Sky Sports].

Despite none of them winning the league and despite none of them doing anything of note – or anything at all – in Europe, ex-STV host Martin suggests that Patterson shouldn’t be up for the award.

Speaking on PLZ Soccer, Martin said: “I’m not going to be controversial it’s just basically… I wonder what the thinking behind Nathan Patterson being in that young player award.

“He’s had seven league games for Rangers, three starts. A number of young players will be looking and thinking, ‘seriously?’.”

If Martin doesn’t want to be controversial then don’t say stupid things.

Is there a minimum number of games you have to play to be able to be nominated for an award? Or should it be based solely on a player’s performances throughout the season?

It’s funny how Martin just mentions Patterson’s league appearances and not his exploits in the cups or in the Europa League – as though they don’t mean anything.

Patterson has been Rangers’ young player of the season and Rangers are the champions of Scotland – so why wouldn’t Patterson be up for the award?

What a ridiculous thing to say without even mentioning any other young players who should be up for the award.

In other Rangers news, Ally McCoist has reacted to the announcement of Fashion Sakala joining the Gers.