Nathan Patterson will be “devastated” after missing out on the chance to stake his claim in the Rangers starting XI after James Tavernier’s injury blow.
That is the view of former Gers full-back Alan Hutton who, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, admitted he felt sorry for the teenager despite his lockdown breach.
Speaking to Rangers TV on Wednesday, the 19-year-old, Calvin Bassey and Bongani Zungu apologised for their actions after being caught attending a party earlier this month.
Rangers have since issued a statement confirming they have accepted the trio’s apologies and revealed they have returned to training at Auchenhowie.
Patterson was in line as the Gers’ second-choice right-back and may have had a run in the side after Tavernier picked up an injury against Royal Antwerp.
Hutton insisted the teenage defender would be kicking himself and admitted his heart went out to the Ibrox prospect.
Hutton told Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge: “Part of me really felt for him. He’s made one stupid decision in attending a party that he shouldn’t have went to.
“This is his opportunity. When you look at Tavernier, he’s the captain, he’s a very good player and he’s robust. He doesn’t really miss anything so for this to happen, it was a golden opportunity for him to come in.
“He’s had to be patient and this would have been the chance that he has waited for. He’s just let himself and everybody else down. It is a shame because we were all really desperate to see how he got on, given the opportunity.
“He must be down with the situation. For this to happen now and a chance for him to prove his worth and ability, he can’t be picked? It’s a real shame.
“I’m sure he’ll be absolutely devastated but it’s a massive learning curve. If anything, you have to try and take the positives out of it, learn from it and quickly. It’s a short career, and you can quite easily be moved on.”