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Pundit backs former Premier League targeted youngster to challenge for first-team spot after impressive debut

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As a former international and Premier League winning full-back, Alan Hutton should know a good one when he sees one and he has been full of praise of Rangers youngster Nathan Patterson following the club’s winter camp in Dubai.

Can Nathan Patterson challenge James Tavernier over the next couple of seasons?

Patterson has emerged this season as the current academy player most likely to make a breakthrough into the Rangers first-team, despite having the club captain, James Tavernier, in his way.

Speculation had been rife that Premier League sides – including Liverpool – were monitoring the youngster but in December he signed a contract extension with the club that lasts until the summer of 2022, music to the ears of fans of the Light Blues.

At just 18-years-old, Patterson has plenty time on his hands but his appearances in the Challenge Cup and the UEFA Youth League (where he has 1 goal and 1 assist from 4 games) have seen him promoted to first-team training in recent weeks.

Patterson made his first appearance for the senior team in a friendly against Lokomotiv Tashkent and, speaking to Football Insider, Hutton was impressed with what he saw.

“He’s coming into his own that he’s wanting to put pressure on (James) Tavernier so I think come next season he will be vying for that spot with him”.
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