Shelley Kerr tips Celtic player David Turnbull to beat Rangers ace Nathan Patterson to award
BBC Sportscene pundit Shelley Kerr claims Celtic’s David Turnbull will beat Rangers right-back Nathan Patterson to the SFWA Young Player of the Year.
Patterson, 19, has enjoyed a superb breakthrough season at Ibrox, helping the Gers see out their Premiership title triumph and also shining in Europe.
He’s made 14 appearances in all competitions this season, scoring two goals in the process – one of which being a wonder goal against Royal Antwerp in February.
However, ex-Scotland Women manager and player Kerr doesn’t feel as though that’s enough and instead claims Celtic midfielder Turnbull, 21, is a more deserving winner.
“I’ve written previously that I’m a huge admirer of Nathan Patterson and I think he’s someone destined for a big future in the game,” said in the Glasgow Evening Times.
“For me, though, I don’t think he’s started enough games to win an award like this.”
“He’s shown potential and if he goes on to have a season where he plays the majority of the games, then I’m sure he would have a stronger case at that point.
“I suspect the writers will give it to David Turnbull, who has recovered from a slow start to his time at Celtic to become a really important player in their team, providing goals and assists.”
Let’s reward the runners-up…
At the end of the day, just one award matters to Rangers and that is the title-winning medal they will be handed in just over a week’s time.
Rangers have been 55-times Scottish league champions for what seems like a while now as they won the league so easily.
But yes, it makes perfect sense to say the best youngster in the country plays for the team that’s been a complete and utter failure this season.
Patterson hasn’t played much. We get that.
However, that doesn’t mean he hasn’t done as well as Turnbull. You can’t just dismiss his candidacy due to the number of minutes he’s played.
And everyone seems to forget Patterson’s performances in Europe. We were among the last 16 clubs in the Europa League. That’s a huge achievement and he helped us get there.
If Patterson doesn’t win the award then Josh Doig should win it.
In other Rangers news, this broadcaster also made a ridiculous claim about Patterson after the nominees were announced.