By Mike Slater

2nd Jun, 2021 | 6:30pm

Ally McCoist: Rangers talent Nathan Patterson will be doing everything for Scotland start

Ally McCoist has been left thrilled by Rangers talent Nathan Patterson after his call-up to the senior Scotland squad for the EUROs.

It hasn’t started well though, with the young defender ruled out of this evening’s friendly with Holland after coming into close contact with COVID-19.

McCoist believes that Patterson will be busting a gut to impress Steve Clarke, and jump ahead of Stephen O’Donnell for selection.

Speaking to the Sun, McCoist was clearly speaking before it was confirmed that Patterson would be missing out this evening.

“What an opportunity it is for them,” he said.

“If I was Turnbull or Patterson, or Billy Gilmour when he joins up with the squad, I’d soak everything in. Every day in training they’ve got to be busting a gut to catch Stevie’s eye.

“But the way Patterson performed when he got in the Rangers side, you thought, Here’s a talent.”

Big blow.

One blow is definitely something that Patterson can thrive from when returning to the group after this friendly.

Stephen O’Donnell is also away from the squad for the Netherlands fixture, so there will be a big push from both to impress against Luxembourg this weekend.

Patterson has certainly proved himself on the biggest stage at Ibrox this season, shining in Old Firm games and the Europa League when sitting in for James Tavernier after his injury.

The right-back would be perfect in that slightly advanced role in a five-at-the-back formation and could offer Scotland a big threat down that side.

McCoist is a huge fan, and has selected Patterson to start in that first game against the Czech Republic next week, he must take advantage if handed that chance.

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