Rangers right-back Nathan Patterson “seems set to miss out” on Steve Clarke’s Scotland squad for the European Championships in the summer, according to BBC Scotland journalist Thomas Duncan.
Patterson, 19, has been in incredible form for Rangers when he’s played this season, scoring two goals in 14 appearances in all competitions.
James Tavernier’s injury paved the way for the young right-back to make a mark in Steven Gerrard’s first team but his campaign has been blemished for breaking COVID protocol.
He’s currently suspended due to a breach of rules, which Duncan mentions as he suggests the Rangers youngster won’t make the Scotland squad despite UEFA increasing the squad size from 23 to 26.
Duncan wrote on the BBC Sport website: “Nathan Patterson had staked a late claim, but the 19-year-old Rangers full-back has had his season ended early by a Covid breach ban and seems set to miss out.”
What a joke
Name a better Scottish right-back this season than Patterson.
We don’t care that he’s only 19, we don’t care that he’s only made 16 senior appearances in his career and we don’t think that his COVID ban should have any effect on a potential call-up.
Clarke will be getting it horribly wrong if he doesn’t think Patterson should be in the squad.
Motherwell’s Stephen O’Donnell is the main competition at right-back and we’d be unfair if we said he hasn’t had a good season and that he doesn’t deserve to be in the squad.
But Sheffield Wednesday’s Liam Palmer could be the back-up right-back in Clarke’s squad and if he’s named that would be a huge insult to Patterson and his development at Ibrox.
Yes, he’s more experienced and yes, he’s been in plenty of Scotland squads before.
But Scotland have been the laughing stock of British international football for a long time and that’s due to a failure to put faith in young, up-and-coming players.
Let’s look at England. Gareth Southgate won’t have any fear in naming 17-year-old Jude Bellingham in his squad this summer. If he misses out it’ll be down to the quality in England’s options rather than the fact he’s inexperienced.
Patterson is Scotland’s best right-back right now and that’s not up for debate.
In other Rangers news, the Gers are readying a bid to sign this “cheap” player in the summer.