By Mike Slater

28th May, 2021 | 7:03pm

Chris Sutton & Ally McCoist agree on starting Nathan Patterson for Scotland in EUROs

Chris Sutton and Ally McCoist have backed Rangers defender Nathan Patterson to start for Scotland at the European Championships.

Steve Clarke’s men open the major tournament next month against the Czech Republic ahead of England and Croatia.

It is our first appearance at this level in years and is a massive opportunity to progress after smashing Serbia on penalties to qualify.

Patterson was the surprise omission this year.

Liam Palmer and Stephen O’Donnell have been the consistent choices at right-back over the past few years, but that has finally changed.

McCoist backed the young Bears sensation to start his first game, and replace the Motherwell mainstay on the biggest stage.

Picking their starting XI’s on BT Sports Scottish Football Extra, Sutton also agreed, to some of our shocks when tuning in live.

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We were waiting for Sutton to select O’Donnell and go against actual form.

Motherwell have had a shocking season and were battling relegation for the first three-quarters of the campaign at Fir Park.

Patterson has been in a squad with a huge winning mentality, and after playing a huge role in European games too, is more than ready for this stage.

The Bears sensation actually thrives in these situations, just as he did against Royal Antwerp, even finding the back of the net.

O’Donnell will likely be given the nod due to his role in helping us into this tournament, but it is clear that Patterson would be the main choice of many.

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