Another Rangers man has also been the centre of attention since Spring, but for Nathan Patterson unlike Glen Kamara it’s welcome attention, watching the RB’s development as he’s risen to Scotland star on top of Rangers first-teamer.
Away with the NT for the international break, Patterson has for the first time addressed Everton’s interest, admitting it’s ‘nice’ but that he’s focused on Rangers and Scotland.
Patterson’s breaking of silence shows his maturity – he said the right things, that he’s only concentrating on his club and country, but that he’s left the door slightly ajar for clubs to make a move by hinting at flattery at their interest.
Rangers know fine well the Liverpool giants will be back in January, along with a bunch of others who are watching the 19-year old, and we know the board value him in the region of £15M, but the lad himself is saying the correct things.
It all falls on Steven Gerrard in truth – if he starts to use the Auchenhowie graduate more and more, and the kid keeps on justifying his selection, then Patterson will have little reason to want to leave.
Signs were promising v Hibs in such a high-profile match, and while Patterson was a little too eager to impress and showed his nerves, he got over that to ultimately have a strong match. This could result in James Tavernier getting a chunk less of play time, and that fairness of using both players as and when needed could persuade Patterson he is ultimately at the right place to play his football.
But if Stevie reverts to type and starts bringing Tav back in, leaving Patto benched more often than not, a move south might seem more appealing come the winter window.
Patterson wants to play more, and he’s thrown down a subtle gauntlet to the manager by acknowledging the interest from elsewhere.
Hopefully we will indeed see a lot more of him.