Date: 23rd February 2021 at 10:30am
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One thing we’ve discovered since Nathan Patterson’s recent “misdemeanor” is that we have a more than able deputy in the shape of Leon Balogun.

With this in mind, Steven Gerrard faces something of a dilemma going into next season – does he send Patterson out on loan to a lower league Scottish club to show him what he could potentially lose?

There is also another elephant sitting in the corner of the room, he’s minding his own business at the moment but if we can criticise Celtic for not having Kristoffer Ajer and Odsonne Edouard tied up to longer deals, then we need to look at our own house to Connor Goldson and James Tavernier.

The worst case scenario is that Tavernier decides to leave on a high, he won’t be far away from 20 goals and 20 assists come the end of May, which is ridiculous, but it will also keep his value relatively high for a 29-year old with just a year left to run on his current deal.

In an environment where money is tight, we have already seen the type of deals that Ross Wilson is looking to secure as he plans for next season, so if we have to replace the skipper, why not Nathaniel Clyne? He has been linked before, is over his injury problems and has more than 300 appearances between the Premier League and Championship as well as 14 caps for England.

It would almost be a like-for-like signing in that the profile of the players are similar and with Tavernier being one of the highest earners, Clyne, although he would probably have to take a small pay-cut, would still be on decent money, given his experience.

Could Clyne replace Tavernier?

Yes

Yes

No

No

He would provide a similar attacking style of play and his age wouldn’t block the development of Patterson – if the gaffer decides to keep him around that is.