Alan Hutton has recently delivered some advice to Nathan Patterson on his situation, amid transfer interest.
The former Ger travelled a similar path to the one that is now being taken by the current upcoming youngster, at Ibrox
From breaking through to the Rangers team at a young age to play at right back, explosive displays in Europe, to a breakthrough at international level with Scotland, the similarities are clear.
Now that the transfer window has closed, both Patterson and Rangers have breathing space in what is a very welcome state of play so that the player’s development can be the priority once again.
However, the interest shown by Everton won’t be the last time admiring glances are cast toward Patterson.
Hutton, with his own experiences in mind, made the following comment – as reported by Glasgow Live:
“The next movement for him is playing regular football. It’s going to be difficult. I’ve wracked my brain about this. What do you do as a player in his position?”
“The possibility of a move, it is a big decision he’s going to have to make.”
“Does he sit there and fight for his place against Tavernier? Or is the option of moving a better one? It’s something that he’ll have to consider.”
All of the above is still very relevant despite the transfer shutdown as of midnight on Wednesday.
The opinion of VR is that Patterson is now at the stage that he is too good to sit on the bench but also in contention with the club captain, James Tavernier.
The dilemma for Steven Gerrard is to accomodate both of his men, where possible.
It is a nice ‘problem’ to have, but one that will need answers very soon.
The 19-year old has shown that he is ready to contribute now – that knock on the door is loud and clear.