Nathan Patterson will be gutted after Rangers offered James Tavernier a two-year contract extension. 

That’s according to former Celtic forward Frank McAvennie, speaking exclusively to Football Insider about Patterson’s development.

Last week, Rangers announced that Tavernier had signed a two-year contract extension, keeping him at Ibrox until 2024.

Patterson has filled in for Tavernier while the Gers captain has been sidelined with an injury and he’s largely impressed.

McAvennie claims Patterson will feel like he’s been slapped in the face after finding out about Tavernier’s new deal and took aim at Steven Gerrard for over-praising the youngster.

“The manager has been giving him so much praise, now it must feel like he’s been kicked down the pecking order,” McAvennie told Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs.

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“The boy can’t sit there for two years waiting for Tavernier to leave, it’s impossible. 

“He has to play all the time, there’s no better way to turn him into a Scotland international, he won’t develop to that level in the Rangers youth side. 

“Competition is good but when you praise the boy up like Gerrard has done in the last few weeks then give Tavernier a new contract, it’s like a slap.”

Gerrard hailed Patterson as one of the ‘brightest prospects ever’ for his position after he was handed a six-game ban for his role in the ‘Party 5’ scandal. [Daily Record]

The 19-year-old signed a new deal himself earlier this season meaning his Ibrox contract will run until the summer of 2024, just like Tavernier’s.

In other news, a Premier League club has a strong interest in Rangers boss Steven Gerrard, Football Insider can exclusively reveal.