McLeish: 'Alarm bells are ringing' at Rangers after 'amazing' Patterson bid reported - McLeish
Alex McLeish has claimed “alarm bells” will be ringing at Rangers after Everton reportedly tabled an “amazing bid” for Nathan Patterson.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Gers manager suggested the 19-year-old may be growing “frustrated” with his lack of game time at Ibrox.
The Daily Mail (30th August) report Everton had bids of £5million and £8million for the right-back rejected by Rangers.
The Toffees were reportedly set to launch a third offer before the teenager was forced into self-isolation to scupper any hope of a late move.
McLeish insisted Patterson’s emergence had caused a “conundrum” for Steven Gerrard, with James Tavernier well established at right-back.
As such, he suggested Rangers may feel they have to cash in if the price is right.
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“It will probably be frustrating for him that he’s not playing regularly,” McLeish told Football Insider’s Russell Edge.
“He is subject to this transfer fee. Everton have put in an amazing bid for a kid who’s played a couple of games for the first team.
“That’s the way in the Premier League, England and the football world. They pay for potential, as well as current forum.
“Rangers, probably the alarm bells are ringing. There’s a bid for the kid, what can we do here? We can’t play the two, him and Tavernier, in the same team.
“It’s difficult to get them into the same situation. It’s just one of these conundrums that is difficult for the manager and as well as the football club itself.
“It seems if a bid was right, it would be difficult to stop him leaving.”
Patterson has played just 18 times for Rangers’ senior side to date.
He has two international caps for Scotland under his belt.