Rangers stifle progress of 'fantastic' Nathan Patterson - Tom English
Rangers are stifling the progress of Nathan Patterson by not allowing the young right-back to get enough game-time, according to BBC Scotland journalist Tom English.
Patterson, 19, enjoyed a superb breakthrough season at Ibrox last season before earning a call-up to Steve Clarke’s Scotland squad for the European Championships.
However, the young Ger has been reduced to playing just once this season for Steven Gerrard with him being an unused substitute in five matches.
English feels Gerrard’s decisions regarding the talented right-back are holding back his development.
Speaking on BBC Radio Scotland’s Sportscene on Thursday night [08:05pm], English said: “That Livingston game, I remember watching it.
“They were completely in control and 1-0 up after eight minutes. I know they had to wait until the 78th minute to get their second and then the 90th minute for the third.
“But for goodness’ sake, they were completely in control of that game – why couldn’t they give Patterson the last half an hour? He sat on the bench for the whole game.
“I just question Rangers and the way they’re doing this.
“Patterson looks a fantastic talent but they’re kind of stifling his progress at the moment.”
What should we do with Patterson?
James Tavernier is understandably Gerrard’s first-choice right-back.
He’s the club’s set-piece taker, penalty expert, captain and one of the most experienced players.
It’s not easy to drop a player like that and Tavernier’s superb assist for Alfredo Morelos’ goal on Thursday night against Alashkert showed how vital he is.
Patterson is brilliant, don’t get us wrong. But Gerrard has to put out his best possible team to win matches and at the moment, he needs to be starting Tavernier.
His role is so undervalued and he quickly becomes a scapegoat among fans when the going gets tough.
Patterson hasn’t been able to do any wrong in the eyes of some fans but he’s still young and we’re only two-thirds of the way through August – there’s so much football left to play.
There’s no need for this kind of meltdown over Patterson, who will develop and will get time to play for Gerrard.
In other Rangers news, the Gers have made a multi-million bid to sign “one of the best players” in a European league.