Rangers told to sign Calvin Ramsay as Nathan Patterson replacement
Rangers have been told to make a play to sign Aberdeen youngster Calvin Ramsay as a replacement for Nathan Patterson this month.
Patterson joined Premier League side Everton in a club-record deal worth up to £16m earlier this month [BBC Sport], as Giovanni van Bronckhorst looked to put his own stamp on the squad.
The manager has since signed James Sands on loan from New York City FC, but former Ibrox defender Andy Halliday has told his former club there is another youngster they should have their eye on this month.
Speaking to the Open Goal podcast, the Hearts man brought up potential replacements for Patterson and said 18-year-old Aberdeen starlet Ramsay should be looked at.
“I don’t know if I’d want Balogun being back up going forward because he is a natural centre back.
“I’m going to give you a name, Calvin Ramsay at Aberdeen. I like him.”
If there’s one thing Rangers are good at, it’s identifying talent and bringing them to the club early doors.
Ramsay is expected to stay at Aberdeen this month despite being ‘in-demand’ [The Scotsman] but a significant bid could alter their thinking despite not being in a position where they need to sell.
The reason for selling Patterson was because despite being highly-rated, his age made it so he wasn’t a first-team starter yet with James Tavernier ahead of him in the pecking order still so the deal was too good to refuse.
The best way to replace him then would be to bring in another highly-rated youngster, who could challenge Tavernier and eventually take over as the first-choice player in the position.
Financially it may be better for them to wait until the summer before negotiating, but Rangers certainly have the funds to get a deal done if they want to and with European football as well as regular trophy competition it’s a great move for the player too.
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