Rangers director Ross Wilson has been heralded by fans as the man who masterminded the Everton Nathan Patterson deal which could see the Gers rake in £16m.

The club-record transfer fee is a landmark moment for Rangers and the ex-Southampton director of football sits right at the very centre of it.

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Since Ross Wilson came through the door at Rangers, the club’s sporting director has reiterated just how important it is that the Ibrox club get value for their players and that they move on at the right times.

There is barely a supporter out there who – at the very least – doesn’t empathise with the club’s situation surrounding Everton’s approach for Nathan.


Undoubtedly the club’s top young talent, the wing-back’s development was probably being stifled by James Tavernier’s consistency and gametime was limited.

Everton offer a huge opportunity for the youngster to play at the highest level but the fee involved also bulks out Rangers’ transfer coffers and the club’s finances whilst sending a message regarding the top Ibrox talent.

But it’s not just in securing the deal for Rangers, for Everton and for Nathan Patterson that Ross Wilson is being commended.

Ross Wilson in classy Rangers parting message to Nathan Patterson and Everton

Not only did Rangers’ sporting director beef the transfer fee up from a measly £3.5m introductory offer, but his goodbye message to Nathan Patterson oozed a class that should be synonymous with the dealings at Ibrox.

“Personally, Nathan is someone that I’ve placed a lot of faith in since I joined Rangers,” said Ross Wilson [Rangers].

“We saw top potential in him and I’ve enjoyed working with him and seeing him develop every day.

“Nathan is supported brilliantly by his family and as Rangers fans, I know they are extremely proud of his Rangers achievements.

“In terms of the detail of the transfer, I have been in discussions with Everton Chairman Bill Kenwright for a number of weeks. It has been a pleasure to deal with Bill – a man who represents his club with genuine class.

“It is true that there were previous discussions last summer but we were always clear that in our model players will only leave at the right time and for the right number.

“We have now established a significant club record and there will be even further financial incentives for Rangers as Nathan’s Everton career evolves.

“We were very clear in these discussions that Nathan is a player and person who we hold in the highest regard and the deal had to represent a club record for Rangers.

“Since I joined the club, I’ve been clear that we would be strong in the market and our chairman and board have been prepared to reject some significant sums for our players, whilst we have all acknowledged that we would sell the right player at the right time for the right value.

“I must say in this case also, this is the correct destination.”

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As the dust settles on the Nathan Patterson deal, attention will now turn to fresh challenges for sporting director Ross Wilson at Rangers.

These include deciding on a potential replacement – either from within the Academy or elsewhere – and bolstering the squad ahead of the rest of the season.

But perhaps the biggest pertains to contract challenges at Ibrox with renewing the deals of a key first team quartet surely top of the club’s priorities after the Nathan Patterson cash injection.

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