Stephen O'Donnell questioned on Nathan Patterson, aims joke at Rangers sensation

Rangers defender Nathan Patterson has ended his domestic season with the incredible honour of representing Scotland at the EUROs.

The Bears sensation was given the chance to replace James Tavernier when injured midway through the season, and he has clearly caught the eye.

Steve Clarke handed Patterson his first senior call-up, and he will be thrown into the deep in our first major tournament in decades.

Speaking to the BBC as Scotland started their training camp in Spain, O’Donnell was questioned about his latest competition.

“Who?” he joked.

“I’m only kidding. Nathan today in training, I’ve not played with him, but you could see he is comfortable with the ball and has plenty of confidence.

“The way he was getting on the ball as if he was a centre-midfielder. He looks like he’s settled in well.”

Competition.

O’Donnell has been gifted the starting spot in recent years, but now the real competition has arrived in the shape of Patterson.

Chris Sutton and Ally McCoist were handed the chance to pick their starting XI’s for the first game against the Czech Republic, and both went for the Rangers talent.

Starting in Old Firm games against Celtic, then European nights against the likes of Royal Antwerp and shining puts Patterson in a position that O’Donnell has never been in.

In a must-win opening game, it could be critical for Clarke to take the reigns of someone such as Patterson, and let his attacking output down the right talk for itself.

Patterson must be unleashed, forget about O’Donnell.

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