Rangers prospect Nathan Patterson has been catching the eye of the Premier League according to reports, but the club are hopeful he will stay at Ibrox.
Jordan Campbell from The Athletic has reported that the young Scot and the Gers are getting closer to securing a new contract to keep the 18-year-old in Glasgow.
The same report suggests that when Rangers Colts faced Wrexham on Saturday in the quarter-final of the Scottish Challenge Cup, there were a host of Premier League scouts there to watch the full-back, with his contract expiring at the end of this season.
Playing at right-back on Saturday, he was forced to be substituted after 31 minutes due to an injury, however, Campbell references a Cryuff turn, a scissored volley, defensive diligence and more were all packed into his half an hour in the match.
Allegedly, the English clubs interested will be able to offer Patterson a bigger pay packet, but considering he would have to move and start fresh at a new club, it is more likely he will get first-team action here, per Campbell.
The signing of Patterson is an important one for Rangers. At the current moment, there is hardly anyone who came through the system who is regularly appearing for the club, apart from veteran Allan McGregor in goal. Therefore, the Gers could do with a player to act as a role model for others to try and start developing more players and for the youth team to look more attractive for youngsters.
The report says that there is a “need” for there to be at least one player who can regularly be in-and-around the first team within the next 18 months – and Patterson looks one of the more likely to do that.
With Campbell saying Patterson is being lined up to compete with James Tavernier next year, then it would make sense for him to stay within the set up at Rangers.
It seems that Graeme Murty and Steven Gerrard are keen to start getting youth players in the first-team and with Patterson being up there with some of the best in the youth team, he may feel like he is best placed to stay put.
He still is yet to appear for the first team, but at least here he has a visible route to the team, whereas if he joined a Premier League side he is likely to become even further away from the first-team.
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