By Frank McAvennie

15th Oct, 2021 | 11:30am

Glasgow pundit: Multiple teams want to sign 'brilliant' Patterson - he 'will push to leave' Rangers in January

Steven Gerrard can’t complain if Nathan Patterson pushes to leave Rangers in January.

That’s according to former Celtic hitman Frank McAvennie, speaking exclusively to Football Insider after the defender stole headlines on the international stage this week.

Patterson, 19, provided a vital assist off the bench as Scotland edged out the Faroe Islands with a 1-0 win on Tuesday.

The youngster has only made four appearances for the Gers this season after last year’s breakthrough campaign.

90min reported on 5th October that Man United are looking for a new right-back to sign in January with Patterson on their radar.

The full-back still sits behind club captain James Tavernier in the Ibrox pecking order.

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Glasgow-based McAvennie insists Patterson can’t continue to be benched at Rangers after impressing on the international stage.

“I’m a big fan of the boy,” McAvennie admitted to Football Insider correspondent Ben Wild.

“I know he plays for Rangers but footballers are footballers. If he’s good I’m happy with that.

“I thought he should have been in from the start the other night. He was brilliant when he came on.

“Rangers now have a seasoned international on their hands. The issue is, he starts on the bench more often than not.

“I can see him pushing for that January move. It’s such a hard one for Gerrard.

“He can’t drop his captain but he can’t stagnate Patterson’s career by benching him.

“A loan is no good because so many teams want him. I just think the timing is all wrong.

“Patterson might want to stay at Rangers but if a decent bid comes in January, he needs to play football, he will push to leave I think.

“Gerrard can have no complaints as well, that’s just the way it is right now.”

In other news, Rangers star ‘not expected’ to be at Ibrox next season.