Glasgow Rangers are moving closer to a contract extension for exciting defender Nathan Patterson, according to The Athletic.
The Gers ace has been impressing in the academy and age group levels at Ibrox, but his current deal runs out in the summer, and as yet no new terms have been agreed.
Patterson has been catching the eye under Graeme Murty in the youth setup, with a couple of Premier League clubs said to be interested in him, making it imperative that Rangers get him tied down to a longer deal as quickly as possible.
There were scouts at Ibrox on Saturday to watch the 18-year-old in action for the Gers against Wrexham, and they would have been impressed with what they saw from the defender.
The Scotland under-19 international has been tipped to break into the Rangers first-team in the not too distant future, where the attention on him will intensify, further stressing the need to get him tied down to a longer deal.
Gers fans can be comforted by the fact that it appears that things are moving along in that regard, although until Patterson has signed on the dotted line there remains a reason to be cautious.
It could be that the interest in the Rangers hotshot from south of the border could put a spanner in the works of any new terms being agreed, as he would most likely be able to earn a lot more money in the Premier League, and get to compete in the elite division, where his game would probably progress quicker than it might at Ibrox.
If the Gers can tie him down to an extension, it would be a boost to everyone at the club, and signal the intentions under Steven Gerrard.
However, how long Rangers can keep the defender for remains to be seen, should he continue to impress whenever he plays.