By Doug Ward

21st Nov, 2021 | 12:51pm

Sir Kenny Dalglish wants to see what future holds for Patterson under van Bronckhorst at Rangers

Sir Kenny Dalglish is keen to see what the future holds for Nathan Patterson after Rangers hired Giovanni van Bronckhorst this week.

Patterson, 20, has played just six times this season in all competitions despite being one of the most exciting youth prospects in Scottish football.

James Tavernier was keeping Patterson out of the side when Steven Gerrard was in charge but ex-Celtic man Dalglish suggests the Scotland right-back may get more of a break under new boss van Bronckhorst.

“On Nathan, it will be interesting to see what the future holds for him under Giovanni van Bronckhorst,” Dalglish wrote on the Sunday Post website.

“The new Rangers manager will be at Hampden Park today for the League Cup semi-final against Hibs, although he won’t be in the technical area.

“He doesn’t officially start until later this week and Nathan has the potential and ability to be a regular in the first team.

“It will be interesting to see how Giovanni deals with the player and obviously having the skipper, James Tavernier, as a very capable right-back.

“Overall, the Dutchman’s appointment looks to be the right one as the supporters can relate to him and he knows the club.

“But only time will tell and we will have a clearer picture on all of it come May.”

Patterson and Tavernier in the same side?

It’s something that a lot of fans have floated the idea of but Gerrard never opted to play Patterson and Tavernier together.

It seems like it would be quite a good idea.

Tavernier is superb going forward and is easily the best player in the Scottish Premiership when it comes to marauding down the right, getting crosses into the box and also taking set-pieces.

Tavernier isn’t undroppable but the fact he’s the captain, one of the most experienced players in the side and our set-piece taker who also has an eye for goals and assists in open play, he’s one of the first names on the team sheet.

We can’t hold it against Gerrard for playing Tav over Patterson but the young Scotland international has shown he may be more of a solid bet defensively while also showing similar attacking traits to Tavernier.

Imagine the pair of them and the fear they would cause if they both played on the right-flank with Tavernier in a more advanced role and Patterson as the right-back.

Even still, van Bronckhorst could play with a back-three and have Patterson on the right-hand side of that as kind of a marauding centre-back who pushes forward whenever he can.

There’s a lot van Bronckhorst can do to get these two players into the side and we’ll be all for it if he does do that.

In other Rangers news, the Daily Record’s back page after van Bronckhorst was hired is vanity personified.