They say that things are rarely the same when players leave Rangers – and Everton full-back Nathan Patterson and Southampton midfielder Joe Aribo could be set to find out the hard way.

The Ibrox club is a behemoth on the world stage with the attention and scrutiny the club’s stars get far beyond anything outside but a handful of teams spread out across Europe and the UK.

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But the Gers’ position north of the border means over the last few seasons in particular, those players who come through the Ibrox gates may not get a taste of the big time again even in the Premier League.

Rangers might’ve banked solid money from Everton for Nathan Patterson (up to £16m) and from Southampton for Joe Aribo (up to £10m) but both players could be turning out in the Championship next season.

That’s amid a poor run of form for both sides which sees them in the midst of a competitive relegation dogfight in the Premier League.

Nathan Patterson and Joe Aribo fighting it out with Everton and Southampton

Southampton sit bottom of the division after 17 games with Everton 16th, but only three points separate both clubs and only five points separate the Saints in 20th and Leicester City in 13th.

It’s going to make for quite the season as things stand with all the teams in the lower half of the table genuinely not safe from being pulled into trouble.

Both ex-Rangers stars find themselves right in the thick of it too; Nathan Patterson was subbed after the hour mark in the 4-1 Everton defeat to Brighton whilst Joe Aribo of Southampton started in the Saints’ recent 2-1 defeat to Fulham.

It just goes to show that life is not always so rosy away from Rangers and both players will be hoping that they can avoid relegation after dream moves to the Premier League.

Rangers fans too will be wishing the best for two likeable former players but let it be a reminder that whilst Ibrox has its challenges, there is plenty to savour about a career in Glasgow.

Just ask now Everton star Nathan Patterson, who claims he has unfinished business with the Bears.

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