By Doug Ward

18th Apr, 2021 | 6:00pm

Tam McManus blown away by Rangers right-back Nathan Patterson

HibsTV pundit Tam McManus claims Nathan Patterson should be in the Scotland squad after the Rangers right-back wowed against Celtic on Sunday.

Patterson, 19, has been in sensational form while James Tavernier has been injured and was at his best once again this weekend as the Gers won the Old Firm derby at Ibrox to progress in the Scottish Cup.

Stephen O’Donnell is likely to be Steve Clarke’s starting right-back at the European Championships in the summer and while McManus claims the Motherwell man shouldn’t lose his spot, Patterson should be there for depth.

“Patterson from Rangers must be in the Scotland squad,” said McManus via his personal Twitter account during the first half on Sunday.

“Don’t think he will play as O’Donnell has never let Scotland down and manager will be loyal to him but he surely must be in at least in as back up?

“Tremendous young player.”

In another tweet after his claim was challenged, the former BBC Sportsound pundit added: “Doesn’t matter he’s a terrific young player and good enough already IMO.”

Patterson on the plane

If Tavernier was fit next week, would you play him?

Patterson has been in sensational form at Ibrox since Tavernier’s injury. He’s brushed aside off-the-field issues to play an absolute blinder almost every time he’s taken to the pitch.

He tore Diego Laxalt – a Uruguay international on loan from AC Milan – to shreds in the first half at Ibrox on Sunday, showing the Celtic full-back what it takes to impress in that role.

Patterson can do it all. He had a bit of a patchy moment against Celtic when he played a loose backpass to Allan McGregor and almost handed the away side a chance to score. But for his age and lack of experience, we can spare him some slack when that happens.

What matters most is that Patterson can attack and defend, he can create and he can stifle and, most importantly, he is the best Scottish right-back around at the moment.

Who cares that he doesn’t have a cap yet?

Get him on the plane.

In other Rangers news, Davie Provan has launched a bizarre attack on Glen Kamara’s lawyer.