Rangers talent Nathan Patterson has been strongly linked [DailyRecord] with Premier League side Everton over the previous six months, with a third bid being tabled over the weekend [SkySports] and it looks like the Merseyside team are closing in on the right back.
The deal to take Patterson to Everton is believed to be worth up to £16m according to SkySports and would be a record fee received by Rangers for a player.
The fanbase seems divided with regards to the player moving on, with some arguing that the money involved is too good to turn down for a backup, whereas others are suggesting that the right-back is a generational talent and would love to see him develop further.
There are merits to both points, yet i firmly believe that if Patterson does sign for Everton in the transfer window, it could be a major blessing in disguise for the club.
The money from the sale would surely allow Giovanni van Bronckhorst to sign a few players of his own and really stamp his authority on the team.
Not only that, but the sale of the Scottish international may also allow Rangers to reject bids for other talents, such as Joe Aribo and Glen Kamara. It is no secret that these two are arguably our key players and selling would weaken the team significantly.
Although i would love to see Patterson develop and mature at Rangers, forcing his way into the starting XI, unfortunately, the performances of James Tavernier are proving to be a blockade he just can’t seem to move.
Keeping the key players at the club could be vital in our quest for Champions League football next season, if this means the 20-year-old is the first one to go and the club receive a healthy fee, then it is a sacrifice that van Bronckhorst will make.