Frank McAvennie insists Steven Gerrard went over the top when discussing the future of Nathan Patterson after a breakthrough year for Rangers.
The former Celtic striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, claimed Scotland legends will be ‘turning in their beds’ after Gerrard’s recent comments.
Gerrard is quoted by the Daily Record as saying, “You’re talking about one of the brightest prospects ever, in terms of right-back. This kid’s going to play for Scotland.”
This came as Gerrard criticised the bans given to Patterson and four of his Rangers teammates for breaking coronavirus rules earlier this year.
McAvennie insists Gerrard went over the top with his comments and they may not sit right with some of Scotland’s iconic right backs.
“It’s a strange one, I don’t understand how he can praise the boy up so much,” McAvennie told Football Insider correspondent Ben Wild.
“There’s no doubt about it, the boy has talent and he will be a great player one day.
“But it’s a bit over the top to say ‘he’ll be the best Scotland’s ever had’ when you’ve got players like Danny McGrain and Sandy Jardine.
“Some of the greats will be turning in their beds, Danny will be thinking ‘what is he talking about?’.
“He’s only a boy but I can’t understand the manager doing that even though it’s a high compliment to the player.”
Patterson, 19, has made 12 appearances for Rangers this season with most of them coming as a result of the recent injury sustained by James Tavernier.
He scored his first goal for the club just seconds after coming on as a half time substitute during Rangers’ 5-2 win over Royal Antwerp in February.