It’s no secret that Rangers have to move to a player trading model and consider selling some of their top talents – with Nathan Patterson amongst the valuable of the lot.
The Gers announced a loss of £23.5m in their annual reports but whilst there is cause for optimism there is near unanimous agreement the club must start cashing in on their top talent.
It’s a brave new world for Rangers ever since the club was built up from the ruins of 2012 and the Gers will be hoping to set the right precedent for outgoing transfers.
But whilst obvious names such as Alfredo Morelos, Ryan Kent and Glen Kamara will be amongst the first mentioned, could the club’s most precocious young talent be amongst the first to leave?
Premier League outfit Everton reportedly failed with two bids for teenage Scotland international right-back Nathan Patterson with the second said to be in the region of £8m [Scottish Sun].
Whilst this might not be quite in the region that could tempt Rangers, should a club on the outside looking in choose to take an early risk on the right-back an offer may soon land which is much more difficult to refuse.
Nathan Patterson amongst biggest assets in Rangers squad
Rangers will point to the success of ex-Celtic wing-back Kieran Tierney at Arsenal, with the Gunners forking out £25m for the left-back as a 22-year-old.
As things stand Patterson is a few years the player’s junior at the point he departed Glasgow but there’s little doubt Rangers see similar value in the talented youngster.
But should that £8m begin to touch the region of £15m then for a player like Patterson at the age he is the dilemma becomes much harder for the Ibrox hierarchy.
Not only would this sort of money – for a player who is yet to hold down a first XI spot – help plug the financial gap, but it could be used wisely on the rest of squad.
Rangers are in a perilous position with several first team stars in that they’re entering the final 18 months of their contracts.
That money could help tie players like Ryan Kent, Filip Helander and Joe Aribo down, protecting them from leaving for cut price fees.
For clubs south of the border, this may present a unique opportunity to snare one of the UK’s leading footballing talents for a fee which will inevitably prove to be below his actual market value.
A leading financial expert has been discussing Rangers’ financial situation as he offers some clarity over the club’s aims for “profitability” over the next 12 months.