Former Rangers star Michael Ball believes that Everton target Nathan Patterson is unlikely to force his way into the club’s first-team in the near future because of James Tavernier’s presence in the starting XI.
Patterson has been linked with a potential move to Goodison Park for a fee of around £10m.
He has struggled for minutes at the Scottish club and has made a total of 18 appearances for Steven Gerrard’s side, scoring twice, and has yet to play in the Premiership this term.
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Patterson is behind Tavernier in the pecking order, with the Rangers skipper an undisputed first-choice starter in the squad.
The right-back has already made nine appearances in all competitions this season, scoring against St Johnstone, and also laying on four assists.
Tavernier has made a total of 298 appearances for Rangers, scoring 66 goals and laying on 94 assists, and Ball believes Patterson’s route to the first-team is blocked.
He said: “I don’t think Rangers really want to lose him and they do think he is the long-term replacement for Tavernier. That’s what he’s being bred for, but unfortunately for Nathan, Tavernier is a massive, key player for Steven Gerrard.
“He’s the captain, he takes the penalties, he takes the free-kicks so he’s a very, very important player and he has to wait for that opportunity for himself to get more game time. If he comes to Everton, will he get that game time?”