Pundit can't believe £10m January exit for Rangers star is on the cards after Patterson plan revealed
Noel Whelan has insisted Rangers should resist January interest from Everton in right-back Nathan Patterson.
The former Leeds striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, claimed the Gers would need every player in their squad in order to compete on all fronts this season.
As quoted by The Scotsman on Monday (October 4th), Rangers boss Steven Gerrard confirmed his plans to rotate captain James Tavernier, 29, with promising 19-year-old Patterson this season.
Gerrard added that he had “as much trust” in the young Scotsman as he did in veteran Tavernier.
This was exhibited as Patterson repaid his manager with an assist for Rangers’ opener against Hibernian on Sunday, during his first league start this term.
Last month, the Sun reported that Everton are chasing a £10m-plus deal for the Scotland international in January.
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Whelan insisted it would be more beneficial to keep the Rangers squad together before taking stock next summer.
“Well Tavernier is first choice, but Patterson is doing very well,” he told Football Insider‘s Ewan Kingsbury.
“If Tavernier was to get injured, then they’re stuck.
“Right now, when someone is playing well for your team, I’d be very reluctant to let them go.
“That’s probably the thinking of Steven Gerrard, he will need every player he can get in order to compete in the league, cup and European competitions.
“They don’t have a huge squad, but they’ll need everyone in order to retain the league and progress in Europe.
“I would find it very difficult to understand if they got rid of him in January – despite any interest from Everton.
“There’s no reason why they can’t keep him until the end of the season when they’ll have better options to go out and replace him.”