Rangers youngster James Maxwell describes his journey to the first team
There is the sizeable obstacle of current left-back Borna Barisic to face first, with Patterson also aware that nothing is guaranteed once James Tavernier gets back into shape on the other side of the defense.
Maxwell, also 19, caught the eye with a fine goal for loaned club Queen of the South in the 3-1 Scottish Cup loss to Hibs on Monday, but he’s still unsure what will happen next season.
Ibrox Loan Manager Billy Kirkwood has provided regular feedback on his performance at Palmerston Park and Maxwell is hoping his latest posting can help convince manager Steven Gerrard that he deserves to be considered ahead of the title defense. next season.
“Nathan is flying right now and he took the opportunity really well,” said Maxwell. “He’s doing well in every game. I think it gives everyone a boost. He had his chance and grabbed it and he’s staying on the side now. I hope I can go back and reproduce this and take a chance.
“I have a year left so I’m not sure what the Rangers are planning for next season – I have to talk to them about that,” he added.
Maxwell loved his time at Queen of the South, where he was a regular on the first team under Allan Johnston. “I didn’t really know what to expect – it was my first season in professional football,” he said. “I didn’t know if I was going to go in and out and have games here and there. But I’ve played almost every game so I’m absolutely delighted with how it turned out.
“I’m still learning, I was against Martin Boyle (v Hibs) and he gave me problems. I have to take that and learn and hopefully become a better player again than when I came here. But there are still five games left and we have to make an effort to qualify for the play-offs. “