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Nathan Patterson thanks Rangers fans for ‘amazing memories’ as he completes move to Everton

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Nathan Patterson

Nathan Patterson has thanked Rangers fans for their support as he completed a move to Everton.

The Scotland defender said he would be leaving the club with “amazing memories” as he signed a five-and-a-half-year contract with the Premier League side.

The deal is set to earn Rangers a club record fee of £12m, with further add-ons of £4m.

Posting to Twitter, Patterson said: “It is hard to put into words what Rangers Football Club means to me, but I’ll try. The day I made my debut was the best day of my life. The day we won number 55 will live with me forever.

“It took a lot of hard work and dedication to make it this far, and I hope every Rangers supporter knows I gave absolutely everything for the club for the past 13 years. I am one of you, a fan, who was lucky enough to play for the club they love.”

The 20-year-old thanked his family for the sacrifices they’d made for him, as well as former Rangers boss Steven Gerrard and Scotland head coach Steve Clarke, his agent and all the youth coaches he’d played under.

He added: “I wish Gio, his coaches and my friends – the players, all the best this season and beyond.

“I will be back in the future with the supporters in the stands, cheering on the team.

“I arrived here as a boy with a dream. I leave as a man with the most amazing memories. Thank you, for everything.”

Rangers sporting director Ross Wilson said of the move: “Our Academy staff can be proud of the role they’ve played in Nathan’s development. We are proud of Nathan, he leaves as a champion and I will follow every step of his career and journey and he will always be connected to Rangers. I am sure we will see him back supporting the lads at Ibrox soon.”

Scotland international Patterson becomes the Toffees’ second signing of the transfer window, following Ukraine left-back Vitaliy Mykolenko’s arrival from Dynamo Kiev.

He made his senior debut for Rangers in January 2020 and has played 25 times for them in total.

Patterson told Everton TV: “I’m over the moon to sign for Everton and looking forward to getting started.

“It was an easy choice to sign. This is a massive club with huge history and the fanbase is tremendous. Obviously we aren’t in the place where we want to be right now but we can definitely get there with the talent in the changing room and staff here, and I have full belief we can do that.”