McLeish cites Hendry after major development for Rangers 'star of the future'
Alex McLeish has tipped Rangers starlet Nathan Patterson to emulate the rise of former Celtic outcast Jack Hendry after making his first start for Scotland.
The former Gers boss, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, insisted the Ibrox teenager is a “star of the future” – even if he has dips in form.
Patterson, 19, made his first start in three appearances for Scotland during the 1-0 win over Moldova (4th September).
However, an injury problem kept him out of the victory over Austria.
He also missed Saturday’s clash against St Johnstone on Rangers’ return to league action.
Patterson has struggled for game time at Ibrox thanks to the presence of club captain James Tavernier at right-back.
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McLeish admitted the likes of Patterson “do not have all the answers” and could face a drop in form down the line.
However, he suggested the Gers teenager could look to Club Brugge star Hendry for inspiration.
The 26-year-old has bounced back from being cast out at Celtic to establish himself as a star for club and country.
McLeish told Football Insider’s Russell Edge: “When you see improvement in a young guy, sometimes you think will he, won’t he?
“But this guy (Patterson) has just gone through the steps and the gradings. He looks like a star of the future, undoubtedly,
Discussing Patterson’s injury setback, McLeish said: “These are the challenges that come before you as a young footballer.
“I was speaking about Jack Hendry to a Belgian journalist a couple of days ago. Young players like Jack don’t have all the answers in the beginning.
“You see that they are quick learners. Sometimes the first two or three games for the first team, they play with adrenaline.
“The adrenaline takes over and they give great performances. Then maybe they hit a little plateau and level out a wee bit.
“The good ones rise again. That’s what you would be looking for from the likes of Patterson.”