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Everton's new right-back Nathan Patterson set to compete with Seamus Coleman

Everton completed the signing of Scotland international Nathan Patterson from Rangers on Tuesday ...



Everton's new right-back Natha...
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Everton's new right-back Nathan Patterson set to compete with Seamus Coleman

Everton completed the signing of Scotland international Nathan Patterson from Rangers on Tuesday afternoon.

The right-back joins the Premier League club for a fee believed to be in the region of £16 million on a three and a half year deal.

Patterson helped the Ibrox side win the Scottish Premiership title last season.

He is Rafa Benitez’s second transfer of the January window following the arrival of Ukraian defender Vitalii Mykolenko.

Patterson is a product of the Rangers academy and made his senior debut for the club in January 2020.

At the Toffees he will provide competition for Republic of Ireland captain Seamus Coleman who plays in the same position.

Speaking to Everton TV, Patterson says he has already spoke with the Donegal native.

"It was an easy choice to sign. This is a massive club with huge history and the fanbase is tremendous.

"I had a good conversation with [Seamus] yesterday. He let me know he's a Celtic fan, so he had to get that in there early on!

"I'm really looking forward to working alongside him. He’s an experienced pro who has been through it all. I'm just looking to learn under him.

"I'll try and grab anything I can off him. That's why I'm here, to learn and become a better player and hopefully win things, go on and do well for the club.

"If I'm working alongside Seamus that's definitely going to happen."

On Monday Rafa Benitez was forced to defended his decision to pick Coleman as the left wing-back in a back five as they lost3-2 to Brighton in the Premier League.

Lucas Digne, who usually plays on the left, but looks set to leave the club, was not part of the matchday squad for the game at Goodison Park.

"The most important thing for me is to have players who want to be there and fight for the club and team-mates, after that you have to choose the best ones possible," the manager said.

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