We may have forensically examined Stevie G’s quote’s on Nathan Patterson, but what of the player himself?
Like Scott Wright, Patterson stood out last night, and scored another wonderful goal, beginning to remind us of the attacking qualities of James Tavernier and then some.
Let’s not get too hysterical, this was indeed just Cove, and Patterson has previously demonstrated less attacking nous than Tavernier, with a lot less crossing in general and a more studious approach to defensive responsibility than his mentor.
Indeed, v St Mirren last month no one in Rangers’ XI actually managed more clearances than the gifted RB, but at the same token he managed no useful crosses at all, and just four attempts. So he’s really a different type of RB.
He’s also only 19, and he’s seriously bailing the club out while Tavernier’s injury has been an unwanted guest, but analysing his prospects is certainly for smarter football people than yours truly.
I don’t want to fall into the trap of overhyping the kid or indeed being overly critical – Stevie may have committed the former by suggesting he was going to be one of the best RBs ever and a future Scotland international.
Nor do I want to say that’s piffle and the kid has no chance – the truth is we just don’t know how he’ll develop because great players from Auchenhowie have shown so much at a young age then still ended up at Alloa.
But then there’s been an Allan Hutton, a Barry Ferguson and an Allan McGregor, and Rangers are definitely due a special graduate from Auchenhowie.
The last two were Lewis Macleod and Barrie McKay, neither of whom really amounted to much in their careers at all.
Stevie sees this kid in training every day, and knows him better than us – but of course he also saw Brandon Barker in training every day, kept picking him, and the lad struggled almost every time.
Of course, Patterson isn’t – he’s doing very well indeed, and we’re impressed by him so far. But we don’t want to fall into any judgement trap.
The boy has the chance in front of him, a chance his own peers from the Academy rarely get, and it’s completely up to him how well he takes it.
All we can say is we hope greatly the manager’s high hopes bear fruit with this kid.