Rangers defender to Everton links intensify as captain address critics
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Rangers defender to Everton links intensify as captain address critics

Rangers defender Nathan Patterson’s transfer links to Everton aren’t going away as Seamus Coleman has spoken out against critics amid the recent speculation the side is looking to sign the Scotland youngster.

Coleman, who has been at Everton since 2008, is the captain of the Merseyside team and has been speaking recently over criticism over his form and how he is more than happy to take the brunt of it rather than a youngster or inexperienced teammate.

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The Irishman has been forced into action despite not being 100% fit on several occasions due to the side having a lack of depth at right-back, this is where the Patterson links come into play.

“There were a few occasions in the past when my form was under scrutiny,” said Coleman [Everton].

“I am the captain of the club and a familiar face. I would rather it be me than someone coming through, or a player who has just signed for the club.

“I might not be the playing presence I was at 23 or 24, but as a captain and in training every day, I am giving my all, approaching it as if I was a 22-year-old.” Said the Everton captain.

Everton had a £5m bid rejected in the summer [Mirror] for the young Scotland international and they have refused to back down, with the Guardian reporting that the side is looking to make a third bid for the player.

With James Tavernier looking as strong as ever and captaining the side to the league title last season, it has been extremely difficult for Patterson to displace him in the starting XI, having to make do with appearances from the bench.

Would Everton be a good move for the Scot? He would get more game time surely with the Merseyside club struggling and lacking depth.

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A good offer from Everton might be hard to turn down for Patterson, who isn’t starting regularly for the Ibrox side, the financial windfall received could be reinvested into other areas. it could be a long January for Giovanni van Bronckhorst.

In other news, Leon Balogun has not recovered from injury to make the Nigeria squad for the upcoming African Cup of Nations squad.