In an exclusive interview with Football FanCast, Michael Ball, who made 20 appearances for Rangers, has given huge praise to Nathan Patterson following the full-back grasping any chance he has been given by Steven Gerrard.
Patterson was handed his league debut by Gerrard earlier this season and has ended up making seven league appearances, with one impressive display coming in the latest Old Firm game which Rangers won 4-1.
Gerrard is certainly blessed with talent at the right-back position as club captain James Tavernier has proved himself to be one of the best players in Scotland and now Patterson, at just 19-years old, is proving to be great competition for the former Newcastle United defender.
Speaking on how people have been talking about Patterson for a while now and why he compares him to Alan Hutton, Ball exclusively told FFC:
“There have been a few whispers from my side for quite a while about Nathan, although I hadn’t seen much about him. When he got given his massive opportunity to play against Celtic he put in a performance that showed why people have been talking about him.
“Rangers have done it in the past just look at Alan Hutton when he came through as a youngster and got his big move away to Tottenham. So he’s just got to get that opportunity to grow and develop.”
Gerrard has guided Rangers to an unforgettable season which has seen them win a record 55th SPFL league title and are just one game away from going the full league campaign unbeaten.
Patteson can learn from one of Rangers’ best players in recent years as Tavernier has been a mainstay in their side since he joined from Wigan Athletic in 2015 when they were in the Scottish Championship.