By Pranav Shahaney

25th Sep, 2021 | 9:05pm

Michael Ball urges Everton to make January swoop for Nathan Patterson

Everton have been urged by their former player Michael Ball to make a move for Rangers right-back Nathan Patterson.

The 19-year-old was on Everton’s radar this summer, but they could not convince the Gers into selling him.

However, given the fact that they haven’t signed any right-back since, they may be back in January with another offer for the Scotland international.

Speaking to Transfer Tavern, Ball said, “I think it’s good that Everton are looking north of the border and trying to be clever.

“We all like big signings, we all like the big name players but moving forward, it’s a mixture of trying to bring in players from the academy, a bit of youth from elsewhere, who can compete in every position, as well as your bigger signings and Nathan is really highly thought of at Rangers.”

Have to keep him

Patterson is the future of Rangers and one of the highly-rated prospects at the Ibrox.

Selling him should not even be considered as it will upset the fans who are excited about a bright future under Steven Gerrard.

Thus far, he’s built a solid team for the present and future, and selling Patterson would be seen as taking two steps back.

The only time it should be considered is if the player himself hands in a transfer request.

The 19-year-old, who has been labelled “fantastic” BBC Scotland journalist Tom English on BBC Radio Scotland’s Sportscene last month [20:05], is also highly admired by Gerrard.

The Gers boss seems keen on playing him in his first eleven along with James Tavernier and we could see a formation change in the coming months.

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