By Adefunmiloye Alani

25th Sep, 2021 | 8:30am

Chris Sutton: Rangers need to find a way to play Nathan Patterson regularly

Nathan Patterson is struggling for regular chances at Rangers this term, and Chris Sutton insists Steven Gerrard has a selection headache.

The 19-year-old Scotland international right-back has only featured thrice for the Scottish Premiership giants in 2021-22, with captain James Tavernier still very much ahead of him in the pecking order.

Patterson was linked with Everton in the summer, but the Bears rejected their bids, and Sutton has asked whether he would be happy with the bit-part role he is playing at Ibrox amid interest from the Premier League.

The Celtic hero told BT Scottish Football Extra on Friday night (via Daily Record): “They need to find a way to keep him fit, really. To get him and Tavernier in the team is going to be difficult for Steven Gerrard.

“There is a good player in there. He is a young man and will want to play week in, week out. He is good enough to play week in and week out, so that will be interesting to see whether he has his head turned eventually.”

When he was reminded of the Toffees’ offers that were knocked back, Sutton added: “Well, there you go. Why wouldn’t he want to go to a bigger club?”

Dilemma?

Rangers were not happy with the offers Everton brought to the table, but Rafa Benitez’s side could return with improved bids in January or next summer.

Clubs in the Premier League would have been alerted to Patterson’s talents after the Toffees’ interest, and the Light Blues could have more suitors looking to lure the teenager to England in the coming months.

Life on the bench would be frustrating for the youngster who is always eager to show what he is capable of, and he knows he needs to play regularly to have a chance of featuring for Scotland during their World Cup qualifiers.

It is going to be very difficult for Gerrard to keep Patterson happy, and with Tavernier not showing signs of slowing down soon, the Rangers sensation could start considering his future.

The Bears have a big battle on their hands, and holding on to their academy graduate could increasingly become a tough task going forward.

In other Rangers news, Charlie Nicholas has branded the Bears ‘spoiled little brats’ after major development.