Alex McLeish: Nathan Patterson set for historical moment on Monday
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Alex McLeish has backed Nathan Patterson to come back to Rangers a better player after being at the EUROs with Scotland.
The young right-back has been given the nod by Steve Clarke, although he was forced to start from the bench against the Czech Republic this afternoon.
McLeish believes the exposure in a huge competition alongside some big names will be a historical moment for the Bears star.
Speaking exclusively to Ibrox News, McLeish said, “I don’t see it that way, I’d rather keep the glass half full.
“This is a historical moment for his life, and he will be playing with great players in that squad.
“Patterson will absorb everything from these guys, the thing is, he’s just got to be himself.“
Despite being named on the bench, it was an amazing moment to see Patterson involved for Scotland this afternoon.
Seeing his mum and dad before kick-off at Hampden was special, and it is clear that this is a moment that will never be forgotten.
Despite O’Donnell being picked ahead of him, Patterson is clearly the better player between the two and experience counted over exciting talent.
There are three games within close quarters this week, and there will be a chance for Patterson to get on the pitch, it is up to him to take that.
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