In this instalment of our TT Roundup, Football Transfer Tavern have gathered three of the biggest stories to have involved Rangers recently and have provided our thoughts on the reports published.
Rangers offer contract to Nathan Patterson
Rangers defender Nathan Patterson has been offered a new contract by the club to replace his current deal, as reported by Football Insider.
According to Football Insider, the 18-year-old has been presented with a three-year contract which will see the youngster receive a substantial pay rise.
Football Insider added that the right-back is regarded by senior coaching staff at Ibrox as a player who can establish himself in Rangers’ first team.
Patterson has yet to make a senior appearance for Rangers but made his mark for the under-19 side in their UEFA Youth League first round win over Young Boys, his goal in the 3-3 draw in Switzerland proving pivotal as the ‘Gers advanced on away goals.
He has been earning plenty of plaudits among coaches and ex-Rangers players, with development team boss Graeme Murty saying he has “all the characteristics you would ascribe to an elite-level full-back” and Peter Lovenkrands intimating that the teenager reminded him of a young Alan Hutton. [via Football Insider]
Patterson will need a few games at senior level before a better judgement can be made but he might not have to wait much longer for a first team debut if the rave reviews of coaching staff are anything to go by.
Ally McCoist critical of James Tavernier’s defending
Former Rangers striker Ally McCoist was highly critical of James Tavernier following Sunday’s 3-1 win over Hamilton.
He said: “We’re having this conversation every second or third week,” adding: “Your first job as a right-back is to defend and he’s not good enough at that at this moment in time.”
McCoist is not the only one who criticised Tavernier’s defensive capabilities following the win at New Douglas Park – Jordan Carlisle of Rangers News said that the right-back “was caught out of position at times in a shaky second half”.
Last month, the 28-year-old endured an off-night in the Europa League defeat to Young Boys, with two errors leading to the Swiss team’s goals in a 2-1 loss for Steven Gerrard’s side. [via BBC]
Tavernier may be club captain but a continuation of defensively suspect performances could see his place in the team come under intense scrutiny.
Steven Gerrard commends Kai Kennedy
Steven Gerrard said that young attacker Kai Kennedy had merited his opportunity to travel and train with the first team ahead of Sunday’s 3-1 win at Hamilton.
Speaking to Rangers TV [via Rangers News], the manager said: “Kai’s trained with us all week, he got a cameo against Leicester and he earned the chance to come and train with the first team and warm up with us today.
“It’ll be a good experience for him because he’s certainly a talent. There’s a lot of work to do with him, but we certainly see a bright future for him.”
The 17-year-old winger has featured regularly for Rangers’ youth and reserve teams this season, with two assists from seven appearances in the UEFA Youth League and Scottish Challenge Cup (as per TransferMarkt).
Also, Kennedy was named Player of the Tournament in the Alkass International Cup earlier this year, playing an integral role in Rangers’ triumph in the competition. [via The Scottish Sun]
With Gerrard calling him up to train with the first team, the teenager seems to be rated highly by the manager and may get his senior debut at some point over the next few months.
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