By Jack Cunningham

5th Jul, 2021 | 8:10am

Mark Hateley backs Rangers to find a way to play Nathan Patterson this season

Mark Hateley has been waxing lyrical to the BBC about Nathan Patterson ahead of Rangers’ 2021/22 campaign.

The former Gers man was full of praise for the 19-year-old who made 14 appearances for Rangers last season and has also been capped twice by Scotland.

James Tavernier is Rangers’ captain and Steven Gerrard’s first-choice right-back, but Hateley believes that the Gers will find a way to play both next season.

He said: “He’s the best Scottish right-back in Scottish football.

“And he will push Tavernier all season long. Rangers will find a way (to play both).”

Patterson to play more?

Tavernier was absolutely fantastic for Rangers last season, scoring 19 goals and providing 16 assists which would be an incredible return for a winger or a striker, never mind a right-back.

Of course, he does take the Gers’ penalties, but the number of goals and assists is still a ridiculous return.

So, you would think that Rangers will struggle to accommodate Patterson as well; however, he is highly rated by those at Ibrox and by the likes of Hateley as well [the Daily Record].

The Gers also have a Champions League campaign to think about, so Patterson might get some more game time in the league or the cups, depending on Gerrard’s priorities.

Therefore, we might see more of Patterson in the 2021/22 season, but even if we do see more of him, it is hard to imagine that he will play in too many more games than the 14 he managed last season just because of how important Tavernier is to Gerrard’s side.

But, as we witnessed last season, injuries can strike players down at any time, and it is vital that we had quality options in our squad to replace our first-choice options.

In other Rangers news, the Gers are closing in on a major signing and it could be sealed this week.