By Alex McLeish

31st Dec, 2021 | 4:00pm

McLeish issues verdict on unhappy Patterson pushing to quit Rangers in January

Alex McLeish has suggested Nathan Patterson could push to leave Rangers if he is not promised game time in the near future.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Scotland manager admitted the 20-year-old’s sole priority will be “playing first-team every week” after breaking through at Ibrox.

As reported by the Athletic last Friday (24 December), Patterson is disappointed by his lack of action this season.

He would reportedly be open to discussing a move amid continued interest from summer suitors Everton.

McLeish admitted homegrown starlet and fan favourite Patterson needs regular game time to improve and develop as a footballer.

He suggested the 20-year-old may set his sights on an exit if he does not see a pathway into the starting XI.

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McLeish told Football Insider’s Russell Edge: “Let’s face it, they don’t know everything when they first come in.

“Tavernier’s at the level where he is through the consistency of playing football matches. He’s grown in confidence playing all those football matches.

“He’s learned the hard way at times and he’s very capable of learning very quickly from those criticisms he was getting early in his career.

“They start to learn only when you’re playing at the top level every week.

“That will be frustrating for Patterson because he is playing for Scotland. To all intents and purposes, he’s the number one right-back for the Scottish national team.

“I think the major importance to him is to get playing first-team football every week. Whether that be at Rangers or whether it be somewhere else.”

Patterson has only made six league appearances this season, with a further five in the cup competitions.

He has just two starts under his belt since Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s arrival.

In other news, Rangers told to sell senior star after crushing update.