Allan McGregor and other senior Rangers players admire Nathan Patterson’s “winning mentality” and the fact he’s not afraid to “mix it” in training with the senior pros.
That is according to Alan Hutton, former Rangers right-back and close friend of McGregor, speaking exclusively to Football Insider after the 19-year-old signed a two-year contract extension.
The Glasgow-born right-back is now committed to the club until 2024 and has made a big impression since making his debut in January 2020.
Patterson has made a further five senior appearances since then and has now been involved in 12 of Steve Gerrard’s last 13 matchdays squads.
And Hutton says Patterson’s more experienced Ibrox teammates think highly of the Scotland Under-21 international.
Asked what McGregor and co. thought of Patterson in training, he told Football Insider: “Very good. I think a lot of the players have the same mentality, that they’ve got that winning mentality, they’re not scared to come and put it about with the first-team.
“I think it’s a great thing. Sometimes first-team players get a bit annoyed with the youthfulness, if you want, as the kids come through and tackle and all that stuff but I like that.
“It shows they’re not scared to mix it, I think that’s a good thing. He seems like a young player with his head screwed on so he’s got a bright future, I’m sure of that.”
While Rangers are pleased with Patterson’s progression, he has a long way to go before he usurps 17-goal James Tavernier in the starting XI.
Quoted in The Herald, Gerrard said the captain has taken the youngster under his wing: “James [Tavernier] has gone out of his way to really look after Nathan and help him and support him, which is great for me to see. I think that’s James’ leadership evolving.”