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Mystery over how Covidiot Patterson became a close contact

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On Thursday night Nathan Patterson played against Alashkert with his Ibrox team-mates, 90 tough minutes in the Armenian sunshine.

After an overnight stay and Friday morning training session he flew home with the same group of players and coaches to prepare for the Glasgow derby.

Unfortunately for the Ibrox starlet he was identified as being a close contact of someone testing positive in-between the matches against Alashkert and Celtic meaning that he missed the derby clash.

Covering the fantasy interest from Everton, The Sun reports:

Rafa Benitez sees the 19-year-old – who missed yesterday’s Old Firm win over Celtic after he was identified as a close contact of a positive C*vid case – as a long-term replacement for Seamus Coleman.

But the fact Patterson is self-isolating means that a deal to take him down south is now unlikely to go through during this transfer window.

Scottish Government rules state that the youngster must quarantine until at least midweek and would be unable to leave his house to undergo a medical or finalise terms.

In February Patterson was given a Fixed Penalty for attending a house party while Scotland was in Tier 4 restrictions, banning all indoor gatherings. Two months later the SFA suspended him for four matches then called him into the Scotland squad for the European Championships.

Being the only Ibrox player to be identified as a close contact of the mystery person that tested positive between Armenia and Glasgow seems to be incredible bad luck for the teenage superstar.

Patterson has withdrawn from the Scotland squad for the World Cup qualifiers.

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