Hutton can't wait to see Patterson given extended run in Rangers starting XI after confirmed news
Alan Hutton has insisted Nathan Patterson needs “a run of games” after Steven Gerrard revealed plans to rotate between right-backs at Rangers.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Gers defender warned “chopping and changing” would not help the 19-year-old’s development.
As quoted by the Scotsman (4th October), Gerrard revealed he plans to ration James Tavernier’s game time this season by bringing Patterson into the fold more often.
He admitted the Gers had not had the same quality of cover for the club captain prior to the youngster’s breakthrough last season.
However, Patterson has still struggled for game time this term, with just four appearances under his belt.
Hutton admitted he is excited about the prospect of seeing the teenager get more action this term.
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However, he raised fears the homegrown talent may not get the streak of appearances needed to settle in and develop at Ibrox.
Hutton told Football Insider’s Russell Edge: “The difficult thing with Rangers this season is at the back.
“Because of everything going on with Covid, all sorts of different issues, injuries, I think that’s where the defensive frailties have come from.
“The chopping and changing of the back four, the goalkeepers, it’s not ideal.
“I’d like to think it would be more of a run of games (for Patterson). It wouldn’t just be one in, one out for the next game.
“He’d have to go three, four, five, six games and then change it.
“Or if there’s a certain game coming up that you’ve pinpointed that’s going to be a difficult one then you work around that.
“It will be interesting to see how he manages. I’m looking forward to seeing what he does but as a footballer, you need a run of games. It can’t just be in one week, out the next.”