Who is Nathan Patterson? The defender wanted by Liverpool and Everton

Stefan Bienkowski
Scotland and Rangers defender Nathan Patterson

With the likes of John McGinn, Billy Gilmour and Kieran Tierney all plying their trade in the Premier League with relative ease, the reputation of Scottish football being a footballing backwater is undoubtedly a wildly inaccurate one.

Instead, the Scottish Premiership is often the perfect platform for young players to find their feet and quickly develop into genuine talents that can cause all sorts of trouble in bigger leagues around Europe.

The next player on this tartan production line seems to be none other than Rangers full-back Nathan Patterson, who has attracted interest from south of the border despite just a handful of games for the Ibrox club.

What position does Nathan Patterson play in?

Although sometimes asked to fill in at left-back due to his speed and confidence on the ball, Patterson is a classic right-back who enjoys marauding down the wing and firing crosses into the box if and when possible.

Like Andy Robertson at Liverpool, the young Rangers talent relies on his tremendous service of the ball and his speed and tenacity in trying to win it back whenever out of possession.

How good is Nathan Patterson?

Although Patterson has only made 18 appearances for Rangers to date, that shouldn’t rule out the immense promise the young defender has already shown.

At the Ibrox club the young Scot has had to compete with club captain and one of Steven Gerrard’s most consistent performers in James Tavernier, but when offered game time Patterson has rarely disappointed.

Indeed, the player’s rare but impressive appearances last season proved impressive enough for Steve Clarke to call him up for the Scotland national team squad at Euro 2020 and while the side didn’t do spectacularly well at the competition, Patterson gave a very good impression of himself in a pre-tournament friendly and a late substitution in the Croatia game.

As such, the talent is considered by many to be the long-term solution to Rangers and Scotland’s right-back problems and has shown remarkable speed, technical ability and defensive fortitude to suggest he’s ready to play at the very highest level.

What clubs are interested in Nathan Patterson?

Due to the player’s quick rise in Scottish football, Patterson has inevitably attracted interest from scouts at some of England’s biggest clubs.

To date, the two clubs that have shown the most amount of interest are Merseyside duo Everton and Liverpool.

However, according to the Sun, Everton have stolen a lead on their cross-city rivals and could be prepared to make a bid of £10 million for the right-back as soon as this January.

When does Nathan Patterson’s contract expire?

Patterson’s current contract at Rangers is set to expire on 31 May, 2024.

How old is Nathan Patterson?

Patterson is 19 years old, having been born on 16 October, 2001.

What is Nathan Patterson’s height?

Patterson is exactly six feet tall.

What is Nathan Patterson’s Instagram?

Patterson’s instagram account has 81k followers as of September 2021.