Rangers hero Kevin Thomson has insisted that he doesn’t want any “pat on the back” for his role in Nathan Patterson’s emergence at Ibrox – but admits that he is the newly-capped Scotland star’s biggest fan and is “desperate” to see him succeed ahead of Euro 2020.
Thomson worked with Patterson while he was part of the under-18 squad at the club’s Academy and thinks it will be hard for skipper James Tavernier to depose him from the side at Rangers.
The defender’s performances towards the end of the season saw him win a place in the Scotland squad for Euro 2020, winning his first cap in the pre-tournament win over Luxembourg.
Since Thomson’s move to Kelty to replace Barry Ferguson as manager was confirmed, Patterson has been in touch with the former Rangers star to pass on his best wishes.
While Thomson will have to watch his progress from afar now, he’s excited to see how far Patterson can go in his career and where his “journey” can take him.
“I had Nathan at 18s with Davie McCallum and I will always sit here and say that it was our job to help these players develop,” Thomson told the Any Other Business podcast.
“I don’t want any pat on the back for Nathan. I only came across him for a limited time within the Academy.
“He is a great boy, he was another one that sent me a nice message [when I got the Kelty job]. You appreciate them, they appreciate you.
“I am just desperate for the boys to do well. Delighted for him.
“He is a serious talent. I did, two or three years ago, tell everyone that he was like a young Alan Hutton and Steven Whittaker.
“He got a wee bit of luck, which every young player needs, and we got that ourselves at Hibs when we got our opportunity. You have to grasp that opportunity and be good enough to stay there.
“You sometimes need a bit of rub of the green or luck and he got that with Tav getting injured. He is a difficult one to try and push out with how great a season he had.
“He has went in and went from strength to strength to strength to strength. I think a lot of people will be excited to see where his journey can take him and I, if anyone, am his biggest fan.”
Patterson will be hoping he can force his way into Steve Clarke’s starting XI at Euro 2020 for the games against Czech Republic, Croatia and England.
With Stephen O’Donnell his biggest competition for a place, the Rangers defender deserves the chance to show how good he is.