By Danny Mills

20th Feb, 2021 | 6:00pm

Mills: Rangers told not to U-turn on Patterson despite critical Tavernier update

Nathan Patterson is “even more of an idiot” than his covid rulebreaking Rangers teammates and should not be given special treatment despite James Tavernier’s injury.

That is the view of former England defender Danny Mills, speaking exclusively to Football Insider as the 19-year-old looks set to be suspended by the club for the rest of the season along with four of his teammates.

This site broke the news last Sunday members of the Rangers squad had been caught up in a police probe after an incident in Glasgow on Saturday night.

Steven Gerrard then revealed Patterson alongside Bongali Zungu, Calvin Bassey, Dapo Mebude and Brian Kinnear as the rulebreaking quintet.

The Ibrox club are considering suspending them for the rest of the season meaning the Rangers career of loanee Zungu is effectively over.

Patterson has played back up to Tavernier all season and the Gers captain picked up an injury on Thursday night which Gerrard says will keep him out for the “next few games”.

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“He’s [Patterson] even more of an idiot now,” Mills told Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley.

“You’re a young player, keep your nose clean. Do everything possible, don’t give the manager an excuse not to play you.

“That’s the problem at times. Just think about it. Make some sacrifices for the sake of the best years of your life, the most important years of your life in terms of work and finance. Do what you want when you’re 32 or 33. Live your life then.

“They’ll all have to be treated equally because if not the club are going to look very, very foolish in that scenario.

“If they’ve all done the same thing it has to be a blanket punishment. If you start to tweak it and make exceptions you’re going to cause yourself a whole world of problems.”

In other news, there has been a major update on Leon Balogun’s future at Rangers after a twist.