McAvennie tips Patterson showdown talks with new Rangers boss amid 'nasty' fear
Frank McAvennie insists the new Rangers manager needs to sort out Nathan Patterson’s future as a matter of urgency.
The former Celtic hitman, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, reacted after the defender bagged his first international goal.
Patterson, 20, scored and picked up an assist as Scotland beat Moldova 2-0 on Friday.
The defender now has six caps but is struggling for game time at Ibrox as club captain James Tavernier sits ahead of him in the pecking order.
McAvennie insists this cannot continue and predicted showdown talks will take place once the Gers appoint a new manager.
“Patterson is an established international player now,” McAvennie told Football Insider correspondent Ben Wild.
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“He’s seasoned. I would think a serious conversation needs to be had between Patterson, Tavernier and the new manager.
“Patterson is too good to be on the bench now. He can’t be a backup player.
“I don’t know if one of them can go into midfield, I don’t think that works.
“Patterson will start complaining if he isn’t playing week in week out, and rightly so.
“He’s an ambitious boy and he needs regular game time to continue his development.
“Him sitting on the bench at Ibrox doesn’t help anyone. He holds all the power here.
“I can see Patterson being the number one right-back next year. It all depends on whether he can wait that long.
“They need to sort it out quickly because we have seen these things get nasty in the past.”
Patterson has only made six appearances in all competitions for Rangers this season.
He has failed to score but has registered one assist.