By Joe Ellis

13th Jan, 2022 | 5:10pm

Patterson sale has major impact on Rangers view - managing director

Rangers managing director Stewart Robertson believes the sale of Nathan Patterson to Everton has changed the way other clubs view players at Ibrox.

The 20-year-old Scot moved to Merseyside for £16million in a club-record sale earlier in January and it could be the catalyst for future sales to reach similar or even higher heights.

Robertson, who joined the club in 2015 when the new owners took control of the club, is already seeing the benefits of Patterson’s sale and expects them to continue as other clubs’ views of the Scottish champions changes.

Speaking on The Atheltic’s Business in Sport podcast, he said: “Selling Nathan for the money that we sold him for, people began to think if he’s worth that and he wasn’t a regular in the first-team then they begin to look at the rest of the squad and think ‘actually these guys are decent, these guys probably are worth the money’.”

A future positive

The loss of Patterson to Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s squad is an obvious and immediate negative but Rangers fans need to quickly move beyond that and look to the future.

As Robertson highlighted, it only takes this one move to transform future transfer negotiations and very soon we could be seeing these eight-figure sums become a regular occurrence for Rangers.

The next club-record fee could even come in the approaching summer with Alfredo Morelos widely tipped for a move to the Premier League.

But long gone are the days where a player in the Scottish Premiership is only worth £3-4million.

Even in this COVID-19 affected world, the folks behind the scenes at Ibrox have worked wonders to receive such an offer for someone who hadn’t become a regular starter at the club before his departure.

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