Alan Hutton has revealed that Rangers coaches have been raving to him over the development of Nathan Patterson and have big plans to fast-track him into the first XI.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the former Gers defender and lifelong fan at Ibrox says that the likes of Peter Lovenkrands and Kevin Thomson are predicting big things for the 18-year-old over the next 12 to 18 months.
The right-back has been heralded by development manager Graeme Murty as possessing “elite-level” characteristics, although he is yet to feature for the first-team in Glasgow.
Having spoken with Lovenkrands, who is now a reserve coach at Ibrox, about the promising full-back, Hutton revealed that the coaches are hoping to see him push current first-choice James Tavernier for his place in the side in 2020.
Hutton told Football Insider: “I was quite interested when I heard the comparisons (to myself) so I spoke to Peter Lovenkrands about him and he and Kevin Thomson, they were saying he reminded them of me when I was that age.
“He’s big, my build, he’s a runner, very comfortable on the ball. He’s very young, trains with the first-team regularly and I think the manager really likes him. They’re looking to push him on to really compete with Tavernier over the next 12, 18 months so that’s a massive compliment.
“If they see him as someone who can push the captain of the club, he’s obviously doing really, really well.”
Tavernier, who is club captain, is very much Steven Gerrard’s number one right back at Rangers, with Jon Flanagan forced to move out to the left-hand side in search of game time since his move to Glasgow.
The man with the armband has played every single minute of the club’s league fixtures this season, with a total of 25 appearances across all competitions.