By Alan Hutton

26th Aug, 2021 | 7:00am

Hutton: 'I've heard Liverpool are sniffing' around Rangers starlet Patterson after Everton bid

Steven Gerrard has a “big decision” to make over the future of Nathan Patterson at Rangers after a reported bid from Everton.

That is according to former Gers defender Alan Hutton who, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, suggested the Ibrox boss would actually be pleased the 19-year-old has proven himself as competition for James Tavernier.

As reported by the Mirror (22nd August), Everton have tabled a £5million offer for Patterson and are pushing hard for his capture.

The Liverpool Echo claim the bid has been rejected and quoted Steven Gerrard as calling the Toffees’ valuation a “joke”.

The Scottish Sun (24th August) now claim Liverpool have been following the Rangers starlet’s progression since the start of 2021.

Hutton admitted the growing interest could cause a dilemma for Gerrard.

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However, he suggested the Rangers boss would be happy with the headache cause by his two right-backs.

“We’re looking at a guy with the potential to be very good,” Hutton told Football Insider’s Russell Edge.

“To be at Rangers for a number of years, to be a Scotland international for a number of years. We’re looking at potential, we’ve seen glimpses of him, I would like to see more.

“I think now where we’re getting to a stage where there’s interest in him from down south, from big clubs. I have heard Liverpool are now sniffing about him as well.

“Steven Gerrard will probably have a big decision to make in the coming months. Is it Tavernier or is it Patterson?

“Can he share the load with Tavernier? We know how good he’s been, he’s the captain, his numbers are excellent. Patterson’s really now starting to push him.

“It’s probably a headache, I was going to say that he doesn’t want, but it’s a good situation to be in.

” I’d love to see him push Tavernier all the way. I think he’s got all the makings of being an excellent full-back for Rangers.

Two very good full-backs fighting each other for their place.”

In other news, Frank McAvennie has accused Rangers of winding people up after big news pre-Celtic.