By Pranav Shahaney

29th Aug, 2021 | 9:15pm

Kris Boyd believes Everton still very keen on signing Nathan Patterson

Everton retain a keen interest in signing Rangers right-back Nathan Patterson this summer, claims Sky Sports pundit Kris Boyd.

Per a report in The Daily Mirror, the Premier League club had made a £5million bid for the Scotland international.

However, with the Gers unwilling to sell the player, at least for that fee, turned down the offer, according to The Liverpool Echo.

The 19-year-old was left out of the squad for the Old Firm derby on Sunday, with the club citing self isolation as the justification.

Discussing his absence and the Everton interest on Sky Sports, Boyd said, “It’s a massive blow, not ideal preparations [for Rangers] as he was told yesterday.

“It might be something that Rangers have to deal with as I’m led to believe the bid from Everton is not going away, their interest is still there.

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“But I don’t believe that’s why he’s missing the game today. At least I hope it isn’t because if you have someone worth millions of pounds, you want to showcase it in a fixture like this.”

What’s his valuation?

It’s a good thing that the board rejected such a small bid for the 19-year-old, but if Everton are unlikely to cool their interest then another one could be on its way in the next day or two.

The Toffees are understood to be hellbent on signing a right-back to challenge and eventually take over from Seamus Coleman.

If Patterson is unsure about his future and may be tempted to leave, Rangers must look to cash in on this opportunity and demand a high transfer fee from the Premier League side.

Their broadcasting revenues are over the roof and now with fans back into stadiums, they’re going to make decent money from the turnstiles too.

Thus far, Everton have had a lowkey transfer window so there definitely is money to be spent and losing the player for anything under £15million should be considered a bad deal for Rangers.

It remains to be seen whether this transfer ends up materialising before the window closes.

In other Rangers news, Liverpool could make late summer swoop to sign ‘Unbelievable’ Gers player – report