By Noel Whelan

16th Nov, 2021 | 10:06am

Aston Villa could complete 'huge' Patterson signing ahead of PSG amid 'special relationship' claim - pundit

Steven Gerrard can use his “special relationship” with Rangers right-back Nathan Patterson to bring him to Aston Villa under the noses of Europe’s elite clubs, according to Noel Whelan.

The former Leeds striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, insisted former Gers boss Gerrard will have to “swoop quickly in January” to land the 20-year-old.

Patterson notched a goal and an assist as Scotland defeated Moldova in Chisinau on Friday and registered the most tackles (five) during the World Cup qualifier (as per SofaScore).

The swashbuckling right-back has now made six appearances for Scotland since making his debut in June.

The 20-year-old has also made six appearances for Rangers this season. Captain James Tavernier is ahead of the youngster in the pecking order.

Whelan insisted Patterson is “ready to play” for an elite club as 90min link him with a potential Aston Villa move amid competition from PSG and Bayern Munich.

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“Every time a manager comes into a new club, he will always be thinking about which players are tried and trusted, and which players he can try and bring with him,” Whelan told Football Insider‘s Ewan Kingsbury.

“There’s that special relationship between Gerrard and Patterson that already exists, and he’s a massive talent. Yes, he didn’t play every game – but that’s by virtue of having the club captain ahead of him in the pecking order.

“But he will have learned a lot under Gerrard and from Tavernier. You can see that from his performances with the national side. He’s ready to start now.

“There are huge clubs looking at him so Gerrard will have to swoop quickly to get him in January. I can see Villa winning this race.

“He’s a very young player but he has a very wise head on his shoulders. He can do everything on that right-hand side.”

In other news, Aston Villa are ‘definitely’ sealing two new signings in January after source reveal.