Celtic loanee not happy with himself despite going 13 games unbeaten with Airdrieonians

By David Walton

April 19, 2022

Celtic youngster Brody Paterson has been left disappointed with his own performances despite going 13 games unbeaten with Airdrieonians in League One.

Paterson only joined the Diamonds back in January and has been a constant in their starting XI ever since. The left-back has started the last 10 games for Airdrie, with the club itself on an extended run of 18 games without defeat.

Despite their run, however, they currently sit 5 points behind Cove Rangers at the top of League One. The title-race still has some life in it, but Airdrieonians look set to have to settle for a playoff spot come the end of the campaign.

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Airdrie boss Ian Murray has already talked up the “excellent” Paterson in the past [Daily Record]. But the player clearly isn’t satisfied with his his loan spell is progressing.

As quoted by the Record, Paterson said: “I’ve not hit the expectations I have for myself so far. I have really high standards for myself and I feel there is still a lot more to come from me. I’m trying my best every week – as I hope everyone can see – but in my time here so far it hasn’t surpassed my expectations at all.

“What’s really surprised me is the spirit [in the squad]. When you have a team with this much ability, usually you find they haven’t got heart. But this group has got both. We’ve shown that in several games this season. Even when we are not at our best, we carry it through with the right attitude.

“All the boys are feeling good going into the play-offs, if that’s what it’s going to be for us.”

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Fair play to Paterson here. Nobody will have a greater knowledge of whether he’s hitting the heights expected of him than the player himself. The fact he’s openly coming out and acknowledging any deficiencies this season is the first step on the road to self-improvement.

However, at the same time, he should take comfort from the fact that he’s still on the verge of achieving something big this term. No, not just promotion to the Championship, but a new club record.

If Paterson and his side go the next 2 games unbeaten, they’ll have set a record at Airdrieonians for the most league matches unbeaten in the club’s history. It’s a huge carrot and something that will only help his reputation.

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At only 20 years of age, there’s still plenty of time for Paterson to make an impact at Parkhead. With his contract up in the summer of 2023 of course, he’ll have been looking to catch the eye of Ange Postecoglou this season. Evidently, he doesn’t believe he’s managed to do that.

But it feels difficult to see why Paterson should have his head down when it comes to performance levels. The fact he’s in the Airdrieonians side every week is a nod to how Murray feels about his displays. Clearly, the League One club has been happy with what he’s been producing.

It’ll be interesting to see what the summer holds for Brody. But for now, credit to him for helping Airdrieonians prolong their unbeaten run. Hopefully, he’s in for a special end to the season.

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