By Doug Ward

23rd Jun, 2021 | 4:10pm

Alex McLeish: Future looks bright for Rangers talent Nathan Patterson

We’re delighted to welcome former Rangers manager Alex McLeish as our exclusive columnist. Each week he’ll be giving his views on the biggest talking points at Ibrox…

Alex McLeish has tipped Rangers right-back Nathan Patterson to shine in the future after he made his major tournament debut for Scotland on Tuesday night.

Although the Scots were knocked out of the European Championships due to a 3-1 defeat to Croatia at Hampden, the night will live long in Patterson’s memory as he came on late in the game as a substitute for Stephen O’Donnell.

Most Rangers fans feel as though Patterson, 19, should have been starting for Steve Clarke’s side at the Euros but McLeish is just happy the Gers youngster managed to make the squad and get some minutes.

Speaking to Ibrox News after Scotland’s loss to Croatia, McLeish said: “Rather than dwell on what might have been, the future looks bright for Nathan.

“He’s a bright young talent and Stevie has introduced him.

“Am I disappointed he didn’t get more game-time? Listen, you have to give respect to the manager and he got a good performance from O’Donnell against England.

“But you’ve got to believe Patterson can come to the fore and be a future talent.”

Patterson burst onto the scene at Ibrox last season, earning 14 appearances in all competitions.

While James Tavernier is bound to be ahead of him in the right-back pecking order again next term, the Scottish rookie proved that he has what it takes to step up and replace the club captain whenever needed.

It’s been a massive six months for Patterson but we feel as though he can be one of the stars of this Rangers squad in just a couple of years’ time if he stays put and continues to develop.

In other Rangers news, a report has suggested this star player wants to quit Ibrox this summer.