COMMENT By Will Butcher
Rangers would pull off a major transfer coup if they could bring Hearts defender Callum Paterson to Ibrox in the summer.
The Scottish Sun claims Welsh outfit Cardiff are eyeing a move for the 22-year-old, who is currently sidelined after picking up a serious knee injury back in December.
However, interest remains high in the flying right-back, and Pedro Caixinha must join Cardiff in looking to lure Paterson away from Hearts for these three reasons.
Paterson has an astounding record of finding the back of the net from defence, despite defending well too. This season, prior to his shattering injury, Paterson had scored 10 goals in 25 league and cup appearances, eight of which came in the Scottish Premiership. His form in front of goal could be the secret behind Caixinha’s side challenging Old Firm rivals Celtic next term. With Kenny Miller top scoring with only nine league strikes this season, Paterson’s goals from right-back could give the Gers the edge against Celtic next time round.
Contract set to expire
Interest in Paterson has grown because his contract is set to expire in less than six weeks. The five-time Scotland international is now expected to leave despite remaining injured, and Rangers could pull off the bargain of the 2017-18 season by penning the signature of Paterson. The Gers made 14 signings throughout 2016-17, but only two of those actually required a transfer fee with the others either being free transfers or loans. A free move for Paterson would suit the Gers then, as they look to use their finances sparingly.
Proven SPL experience
Despite being only 22 years of age, Paterson already has a huge 108 top-flight appearances in Scottish football under his belt. With James Tavernier’s form being inconsistent at best this season, Paterson would bolster Caixinha’s side on the right side of defence and would be able to help the likes of David Bates and Myles Beerman in their development in the Scottish Premiership. Scoring 27 goals in those 108 games, Paterson has proven to be one of the best right-backs north of the border and would shine in a Rangers side looking to challenge Celtic.
In other Rangers transfer news, here are three reasons why the Gers should also look to sign this former Celtic star.