Don't disagree with your sentiment at all mate, however, we were playing Hearts away in the Scottish Cup on the weekend and Gerrard was always going to play Flanagan in that match so needed the game time.Our youth players should be developing in the first team.
I don't want to wank over Celtic but they did it with Tierney and made £25m as a result, they threw in Frimpong away at Aberdeen and he grabbed the chance with both hands.
Meanwhile Patterson does well on his debut and is immediately bombed out of the side for Flanagan at home to St Mirren.
I was streaming Rangers TV on my laptop when we were playing Livingston, and had the telly on with Chelsea playing a League Cup match. Think Billy was making his debut from the bench. I remember thinking "Jesus, if Billy was playing against Livingston he would have been carried off by now". They were being allowed to hack at any Rangers player with impunity. Most of our players are big enough to look after themselves, but a 55kg player soaking wet, is going to get zero protection and will get hammered.
He is going to be an absolute class act but I do feel that he had to move to a different league to develop as a player. Scottish football is all about physicality and less to do with technique.
I think that Patterson does have more ability to deal with the physical aspect and really want him to kick on this season. At the very least, he needs to be the understudy to Tav.