RANGERS Football Club are delighted to announce that Nathan Patterson has signed a new contract, extending his stay at the club until summer 2022.

The 18-year-old full back has worked his way through the ranks at Rangers Academy, joining the Light Blues at the age of 8.

Now a regular for the Development Squad, the right-back has featured in this season’s excellent UEFA Youth League and Challenge Cup runs and has regularly been training with Steven Gerrard’s first-team.

Patterson represents Scotland at under-19 level, recently starring in the European Championships winning a group containing Germany. He has four caps and has scored once after coming through the ranks playing at under 16, under-17 and under-18 level previously.

A delighted Patterson said: “I am obviously delighted because I have been working hard and that is what you want to achieve, a new contract and you want to stay here for as long as you can and push on.

“I feel as if I have got a great chance at this club, it is a huge club and it is the club I support so obviously I want to stay here and try and make my place in the team.”

Sporting Director Ross Wilson said: “Our academy is important to us and it’s pleasing to see a number of our young players working tirelessly to impress Steven and the first team coaching staff, Nathan being one those.

“We have been clear that if players sufficiently impress then an opportunity will come if it’s earned and deserved.

“Nathan is a player that I have been aware of for some time and now observing him up close he is certainly developing strongly and we are excited about his potential.”

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