Chris McLaughlin: Scotland leave Nathan Patterson out of squad after COVID-19 outbreak

Rangers defender Nathan Patterson has been left out of Scotland’s squad for Wednesday night’s friendly with the Netherlands.

Sheffield United midfielder John Fleck has tested positive this week at the training camp in Spain, although it was revealed after that everyone else was negative.

Patterson could have made his full senior international debut, but Steve Clarke has made the decision to leave him off the plane.

BBC journalist Chris McLaughlin has reported the news on his personal Twitter account on Wednesday afternoon, in what is a big blow.

“SFA have taken the precaution of leaving out John McGinn, Grant Hanley, Che Adams, Stephen O’Donnell, David Marshall and Nathan Paterson, from tonight’s friendly against the Netherlands,” he wrote.
“Comes after it was confirmed John Fleck tested positive for Covid. None of the 7 on the plane.”
Big blow.
Patterson will have been waiting for this moment for many years, the chance to finally represent his country at senior level.
It has probably come at a point where he didn’t expect it, and with Stephen O’Donnell also missing, he could have made his debut against one of the world’s best sides this evening.
Clarke certainly has a big decision ahead of him, and it could come down to him not seeing any of his right-backs before going into that first EUROs game against the Czech Republic.
If that is the case, it is likely that O’Donnell will get the nod, despite Patterson finishing the season with a real bang at Ibrox.
We hope that Patterson can return to the fold for the second and last friendly before the major tournament against Luxembourg on Sunday.