Nathan Patterson has signed for Everton from Rangers for an undisclosed fee, the talented right-back agreeing a five-and-a-half-year deal until the end of June 2027.
The 20-year-old Scotland international, one of Europe’s most highly-rated young defenders, becomes the Club’s second signing of the winter transfer window following the arrival of Ukraine left-back Vitalii Mykolenko on New Year’s Day.
Patterson joined Rangers’ academy aged eight and, after making his senior debut in January 2020, led the Glasgow club to the Scottish Premiership title last season with an unbeaten record.
Athletic, 6ft 1in tall and with a lightning burst of pace, Patterson has six senior Scotland caps having made his international bow in June last year, netting his maiden goal against Moldova in November.
“I’m over the moon to sign for Everton and looking forward to getting started,” Patterson told evertontv.
“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.
“It is really exciting to come to a club that has huge talent in the team. I am going to work my socks off and hopefully I can do well with them in training and in games.
“It was also great for me knowing the manager really wanted me here and that made my decision. When a club really wants you, it makes your mind up early on.
“I wanted to come here from the very start. I’m delighted to be here and really looking forward to playing in front of the fans at Goodison.
“Long-term, I want to nail down a starting position and win some trophies to make the fans proud.”
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Patterson, who will wear the number three shirt at Everton, is a modern-day full-back who combines determination in defence with a hunger to drive forward and contribute in attack.
Indeed, his attacking strengths, on occasion, led to him being deployed in a more advanced role on the right flank in his final two seasons in Scotland.
Asked what Evertonians can expect from him, Patterson said: “Athleticism, desire and strong challenges, along with good forward play.
“I am an attacking full-back. I love getting forward and creating chances to benefit the team. I can’t wait for it.”
On linking up with manager Rafa Benitez and Everton’s long-serving right-back and captain Seamus Coleman, Patterson added: “I’m really looking forward to working under the manager and with my teammates. I have met most of them already and everyone has made me feel so welcome.
“I’ve had a good conversation with Seamus. I am really looking forward to learning from him and working together.
“That is why I am here: to learn and get better as a player and, hopefully, win things and do well for the Club. If I am working alongside Seamus that is definitely going to happen.”