Pundit: Rangers and Gerrard handed 'massive bonus' after 'unbelievable' Patterson development
Nathan Patterson’s Scotland debut will feel like a “massive bonus” for Steven Gerrard and Rangers.
That is according to ex-Republic of Ireland goalkeeper Paddy Kenny, speaking exclusively to Football Insider after Patterson played the final 26 minutes against Luxembourg last Sunday.
Quoted by the Herald in the aftermath of his side’s 1-0 friendly victory, Scotland boss Steve Clarke said he was sure Patterson’s first cap is “the first of many.”
Clarke selected Patterson as part of Scotland’s 26-man squad for the upcoming Euros after a highly impressive breakthrough season with Rangers.
James Tavernier’s injury in February opened the window of opportunity for Patterson who featured 14 times in total across the campaign.
Kenny claims that Gerrard will be brimming with pride as the youngster made his international bow.
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“It will be very rewarding for Gerrard,” he told Football Insider correspondent Adam Williams.
“He’s brought him through, he’s made the Scotland squad and he’s played a massive role for Rangers last season. To be doing that at 19, wow.
“I keep hearing rave reviews about him. He’s got a massive future in the game.
“It’s a massive bonus for Gerrard and for Rangers. Further down the line, if he does end up leaving then he’s got that attribute of being an international. He’s an unbelievable talent.”
Patterson was part of the Rangers side that won the league at a canter in 2020-21.
They finished the season undefeated and 25 points ahead of rivals Celtic in the final standings.
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