McAvennie: I knew Patterson would cause problems for Rangers this summer, he'll ask to leave
Frank McAvennie claims Nathan Patterson may ask to leave Rangers if he can’t get in the side ahead of an under-performing James Tavernier.
The Celtic icon, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, reacted to the latest on the defender’s future.
As reported by the Mirror (22 August), Everton tabled a £5million offer for the 19-year-old and are pushing hard for a deal.
The Liverpool Echo claim the offer has been rejected by the Light Blues.
Steven Gerrard was quoted as claiming the £5million valuation had “come out of a joke book”.
In June, McAvennie predicted this issue would arise and claimed Gerrard needs to find a way to play both Patterson and Tavernier.
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Patterson has only made one appearance this season and McAvennie has tipped him to ask for a transfer.
“I’ve been saying this for ages, I knew there would be trouble,” McAvennie told Football Insider correspondent Ben Wild.
“Patterson has been playing very well, he’s done nothing wrong. Tavernier hasn’t done it this season.
“Patterson is a brilliant player and you can’t leave him out the team. I think he’s thinking about asking to leave.
“He needs to be playing regularly to get into that Scotland squad. He can’t afford to sit on the bench and miss another year.
“I said a while ago that this would be a problem for Gerrard because you can’t drop Tavernier, even though he’s not been doing it.
“I don’t think Patterson will be happy. Gerrard won’t want him to go to Everton of course.
“He could ask to leave, he needs to play and if he won’t play he needs to go.”