Tom English thrilled by Rangers' Nathan Patterson, questions the unknown in EUROs
Tom English has reacted to Steve Clarke calling up Rangers defender Nathan Patterson for the Scotland squad at the EUROs.
The Bears talent broke on the scene with great urgency in the absence of James Tavernier and has jumped ahead of Liam Palmer on the international stage.
English has been thrilled by his ability at Ibrox but did admit that it is a total unknown on what to expect from Patterson next month.
Writing for the BBC on Thursday afternoon, English backed Patterson for a role on the bench behind Stephen O’Donnell this summer.
“Patterson, another teenager, has come up on the rails like a thoroughbred racehorse and sped past Liam Palmer,” he wrote.
“Pick a solid player from relegated Sheffield Wednesday or a Scottish Premiership winner with pace? Patterson has played just 14 games this season and he’s raw and a total unknown in international football.
“Unquestionably, Clarke has an eye on the future when he opted for Patterson, but it cannot just be a token selection to give the boy a taste of the big time.
“A flyer who can play with an abandon that could trouble teams who will not have seen him coming. A useful weapon off the bench in other words.”
Chance of a lifetime.
We have waited so many years for the opportunity to go to the European Championships.
Although others such as Ryan Jack will miss out, it was a brilliant surprise for Patterson to be handed that chance after such an amazing year.
The 19-year-old has been sensational, with some pundits even suggesting that he could have overtaken Tavernier in his absence.
Despite the fact he missed a month of action at Ibrox for breaching COVID-19 protocols, he did enough to jump ahead of Palmer, who has never really proven himself.
English isn’t known to be a massive fan of the Bears, and although he is praising Patterson, there is still clear doubt in his tone; time will tell.