Rangers starlet Nathan Patterson may have to leave Ibrox on loan to continue his development after James Tavernier signed a contract extension. 

That’s according to former Sunderland star Kevin Phillips, speaking exclusively to Football Insider about Patterson’s future.

Patterson has enjoyed a breakthrough season at Ibrox and has benefitted from Tavernier’s recent injury struggles as he has filled in admirably for the Gers captain.

Rangers recently announced that Tavernier, 29, has signed a two-year contract extension, keeping him at the club until the summer of 2024.

Phillips has suggested that Patterson may have to leave Ibrox on loan this summer as his game time will be severely limited with Tavernier ahead of him in the pecking order.

“Yeah, you’d say a loan move would help him out at this stage,” Phillips told Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs.

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“If a player isn’t getting game time, can you go out? You always need a backup but when you’ve got a player in front of you that will play week in week out, can you go elsewhere?

“He’ll [Tavernier] play well too, he’s been fantastic this season for Rangers. From a club point of view, do you loan him [Patterson] out so he can get experience or do you keep an unhappy player?

“From the player’s point of view, you want to go and play football so it’ll be interesting to see what happens with that one.”

Patterson has made 11 appearances in all competitions this season and managed to pick up two goals in those outings.

He signed a new deal himself earlier this season which keeps him at Ibrox until the summer of 2024, just like Tavernier.

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