Danny Mills has tipped Rangers to resist the urge to loan out Nathan Patterson next season.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-England and Leeds United striker insisted the Ibrox giants must keep hold of the young defender to stop complacency setting in as he backed Celtic to come back stronger next season.
Patterson is currently enjoying his best form for the Light Blues after being handed an opportunity by James Tavernier’s injury.
Rangers’ captain is in contention to return to the starting XI in this weekend’s Glasgow derby raising questions over Patterson’s immediate future.
Ibrox hero Ally McCoist compared the 19-year-old’s situation to that of Phil Foden at Manchester City while speaking to BT.
He backed Steven Gerrard to manage Patterson correctly and help him reach “phenomenal” levels as Foden has at the Etihad Stadium.
Asked whether a loan move could help Patterson’s development, Mills told Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley: “I think the other part is that they want competition for places.
“That’s what it comes down to. Make sure that you’ve got people pushing each other so there’s no complacency.
“No doubt Celtic are going to come stronger next year and they’re going to want to have a really good go at it.”
Patterson has played 12 games across all competitions for Gerrard’s side this season and has found the net on two occasions.
He has a four-game ban, with a further two games suspended, looming over his head, pending appeal, after breaking coronavirus rules back in February.