Frank McAvennie has suggested that lessons need to be learned from Billy Gilmour’s Ibrox exit after Rangers coach Michael Beale waxed lyrical over defender Nathan Patterson.
The former Hoops and St Mirren forward, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, claimed that Celtic players have been given more of an opportunity to break into the first team in the recent past.
Patterson got his first ever taste of Scottish Premiership action at the weekend as the Gers beat Kilmarnock 2-0 and Beale then compared the 18-year-old to Liverpool star and Premier League Young Player of the Year – Trent-Alexander Arnold.
The young right-back made his first start for Steven Gerrard’s side last season in a 2-0 cup victory against Stranraer.
McAvennie insisted that it is about time an academy product made a lasting impression at Ibrox.
“It has been a long time since we have seen an academy player make a big impact at Ibrox,” he told Football Insider.
“Celtic have done it a few times with the likes of Forrest, McGregor and Tierney – a few have come through the ranks. It appears that they get given more of a chance at Celtic than Rangers.
“I am a great believer that if you are good enough you will make the team and Patterson is very close.
“I just do not understand why Rangers did not see what everyone else saw in Billy Gilmour. I do not get it. Can you imagine Gilmour at Rangers now? I am delighted he isn’t there!”
When speaking on Patterson to Rangers TV, Beale said: “Nathan’s come in and I think it’s just the impact to train every single day. Tavernier needs to look over his shoulder a little bit.
“I’ve lived this scenario before with Trent Alexander-Arnold at Liverpool; a young right-back who had the same sort of energy, same sort of application to his work.”
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