By Jack Cunningham

29th Nov, 2021 | 8:10pm

Kris Commons urges Rangers to drop James Tavernier for Nathan Patterson

Kris Commons has hailed Rangers man Nathan Patterson and tipped him for a big move away from Ibrox.

However, he also aimed a dig at James Tavernier and claimed that the Gers should play the 20-year-old over the 30-year-old.

Writing in his column for the Scottish Daily Mail [via Scottish Sun], the ex-Celtic man really didn’t hold back when assessing Tavernier, but he clearly loves Patterson.

He said: “Normally, when a player at either one of the Old Firm clubs is being touted for a big-money move to the English Premier League, they have shown excellent form over a sustained period.

“But Patterson has started only one league game for Rangers this season.

“It’s an incredible situation where a player has actually established themselves with their national team before they’ve cemented their place at club level.

“Ultimately, you can’t hold back talent. Eventually, there has to come a point when that talent is given a platform to flourish.

“I understand that Tavernier is captain, and it might be a difficult conversation for van Bronckhorst to explain to him that he’s going to be eased aside.

“But Rangers have to take a long-term view on this. These are two players who are at completely opposite ends of their careers.”

Harsh assessment of Tavernier.

There is no question that Patterson is an excellent talent and looks to have a huge future ahead of him.

His performances for Scotland have been fantastic, and you would hope that he will get the chance to impress in the first team more.

However, Tavernier has scored three goals and provided 13 assists this season.

He consistently delivers at the top end for the club, and though he might not be the best defensively, going forward, he has and will continue to be a key player for the Bears.

On Sunday, he added a further two assists in a big 3-1 win over Livingston. The first was a fantastic driven ball; the other was a cross, so you can see exactly why Tavernier is still in the team ahead of Patterson.

It is an unfortunate situation, but can Giovanni van Bronckhorst really drop his captain?

In other Rangers news, a big European club have identified one Gers man as a potential January target.