Rangers ace Patterson ordered to self-isolate, ending chances of Everton move
Rangers right-back Nathan Patterson has been ordered to self-isolate and his chances of joining Everton are over, according to Daily Record.
The 19-year-old Scotland international was a subject of a second bid worth £8million from the Toffees over the weekend, but the Ibrox outfit rejected it.
Patterson was “stunned” to be told he must sit out Sunday’s OId Firm clash despite being given the green light by health officials to travel to Armenia for Thursday’s Europa League second-leg play-off against Alashkert.
The Rangers full-back was identified as a close contact after his side’s visit to Ross County a fortnight ago, and despite returning a negative test, he has to stay at home until after the transfer window shuts down at midnight on Tuesday.
Blessing in disguise
Everton have tabled two bids already for Patterson, and while it is unknown whether they are preparing a third offer ahead of Tuesday’s transfer deadline, that is no longer possible as the Bears teenager cannot be able to undergo any medical while in isolation.
A fresh bid could have forced Rangers’ hands, but the self-isolation could prove to be a blessing in disguise in the end as the Premiership champions are clearly not interested in losing their right-back this summer.
Despite the fact that skipper James Tavernier remains the first choice in the position, manager Steven Gerrard needs Patterson around this season for the sake of quality cover and competition.
They were forced to deploy Leon Balogun in the position against Celtic on Sunday, but the youngster remains Rangers’ most reliable cover in the position, and they cannot afford to lose him with a few hours left in the summer transfer window.
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