Mills: Patterson tipped to explode at Rangers next season after confirmed news

Nathan Patterson will return to Rangers next season with an added “hunger” after being included in the Scotland squad for this summer’s European Championships, according to Danny Mills.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former full-back who represented England at the 2002 World Cup insisted the 19-year-old will return to Ibrox a “better player”.

Patterson is yet to play for Scotland’s senior side but was one of three uncapped players named in Steve Clarke’s squad for this summer’s tournament.

The Glasgow-born defender only started eight games for Rangers across all competitions this season but Mills has claimed he will be desperate to start week in, week out next term.

He told Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley: “They’re squads of 26, so you’re going to have at least 12 players who aren’t going to kick a ball.

“So you’re thinking actually ‘For the future of Scottish football and Scotland, let’s bring him in for experience and show him what it’s all about. Let him understand tournament football and what it’s all about.’

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“Next time it comes around to qualify they’ll have a much better chance because of that experience.

“Billy Gilmour’s the same. He hasn’t played a lot of football but we know he’s a talent. Whether he plays a lot of football we don’t know.

“But being around that environment will bring them on leaps and bounds.

Patterson will come back a better player, without a doubt. He’s training with better players and understanding what it takes.

“He’ll come back with a hunger. ‘I want to do it again, I want to be in the starting line-up week in, week out.’

“It can only be a good thing for Rangers.”

In other news, Rangers are readying a multi-million bid for a 21-year-old “desperate” to join.