Nathan Patterson has claimed that joining Everton from Rangers in a big-money move was the ‘easiest decision’ he has made.
After interest that stretched back to the summer, Everton finally signed the 20-year-old on Tuesday afternoon on a five-and-a-half-year contract for an undisclosed fee believed to be £16m [Sky Sports].
Plenty of Bears are gutted to see a fellow bluenose leave the club after making just 27 first-team appearances.
However, it’s a major financial boost for Rangers and receiving a club-record fee for a player who wasn’t even a regular starter prior to his departure is great business.
Patterson pens Rangers farewell after Everton move
“It is hard to put into words what Rangers Football Club means to me, but I’ll try,” reads a section of Patterson’s heartfelt farewell message on Twitter. “The day I made my debut was the best day of my life. The day we won number 55 will live with me forever.”
“I will always support this great club, and I wish Gio, his coaches and my friends, the players all the best this season and beyond. I will be back in the future with the supporter in the stands, cheering on the team.
“I arrived here as a boy with a dream. I leave as a man with the most amazing memories. Thank you, for everything. Nathan. PS. WATP.”
The farewell tweet went down well with supporters, racking up over 16k likes in less than two hours.
However, the Scotland international did make it clear during his first Everton interview that he hadn’t needed any convincing to move to Merseyside.
“I wanted to join Everton as soon as I heard there was interest and I am delighted to be here,” said Patterson [Evertonfc.com]. “It was the easiest decision I have made.”
“It was great knowing the manager really wanted me and that made my decision, to be honest.”
Patterson follows in the footsteps of former Rangers players Duncan Ferguson, Steven Naismith and Nikica Jelavic in making the move from Ibrox to Goodison Park.
All three of those men went on to become popular Everton players, but Patterson has the ability to make an even bigger impact in the Premier League.