Alex McLeish thrilled by Nathan Patterson after Scotland debut - Exclusive

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Alex McLeish has been thrilled by the progression of Rangers talent Nathan Patterson this season, with a huge summer ahead.

The young right-back earned his senior Scotland debut last weekend in the 1-0 win over Luxembourg and could feature at the EUROs over the next month.

McLeish waxed lyrical about his talents and admitted that he has shown how fearless he is despite the step up in competition over the past year.

Speaking exclusively to Ibrox News, McLeish said, “That’s exactly right, he’s playing on adrenaline.

“He will have no fears whatsoever, I’ve seen that in so many great young players. He has been just sensational.

“Patterson looks like a massive prospect for club and country.

Shining.

Patterson has been phenomenal this season, in a breakthrough year that many probably didn’t expect.

The right-back has been handed the occasional appearance by Steven Gerrard in the past, but James Tavernier’s injury led to an extended role, where he shined under the pressure.

Steve Clarke simply had to choose him then for this summer, and that the choice is between him and Stephen O’Donnell.

With the Czech Republic the so-called easiest group stage clash, we need three points, and the attacking drive of Patterson could be key.

O’Donnell is likely to start based on experience, but we hope Clarke sees the lights and picks the Bears flyer.

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