By Mike Slater

19th May, 2021 | 12:45pm

Kris Boyd reacts to Rangers defender Nathan Patterson making Scotland squad for EUROs

Rangers defender Nathan Patterson has been included in the Scotland squad for the upcoming European Championships.

After lifting the Scottish Premiership on Saturday afternoon, Steve Clarke has made it the perfect weekend for the young right-back.

Patterson will earn his first senior cap should he feature, and Kris Boyd has insisted that it is fully deserved after his Ibrox breakthrough.

Speaking on Sky Sports after this afternoon’s announcement, Boyd was highly complimentary of the young right-back.

“When you look at the Old Firm games, he has shown in Europe that he can play at a high level,” he said.

“Will Stephen O’Donnell be the right-back at the EUROs? Probably, I’d be very surprised if Patterson comes in and starts. He’ll get a taste for it and will want to kick on.

“For me, he’s done really, really well for Rangers in high-profile games, he’s shown up and he won’t look out of place in this squad.”

Deserved.

Patterson has been sensational this season and really helped Steven Gerrard when James Tavernier was ruled out for a crucial period of the campaign.

O’Donnell is the regular right-back, but he has been fighting for survival in the Scottish Premiership, and Liam Palmer was eventually relegated with Sheffield Wednesday.

Clarke will need that winning mentality within his squad ahead of this major tournament, and Patterson would give him exactly that.

His lack of experience will probably go against him, but it would be an incredible achievement for him to feature, even off the bench.

With games against Luxembourg and Holland to come before the tournament, Patterson must use that to stake his claim, we aren’t ruling him out starting against the Czech Republic.

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