By Mike Slater

15th Jun, 2021 | 8:10am

Tom English: 'Rookie' Nathan Patterson won't start against England

Tom English has labelled Rangers talent Nathan Patterson as a “rookie” after he was snubbed for Scotland’s 2-0 defeat over the Czech Republic on Monday.

Steve Clarke will realistically need to take points against England if he wants to qualify from this group, and changes will be made.

English has predicted that Patterson won’t be one of those, despite Stephen O’Donnell having a stinker at Hampden Park.

Writing for the BBC, English has predicted that James Forrest will instead be favourite for that right wing-back role at Wembley.

“It’s unlikely he’ll be bold enough to play the rookie Nathan Patterson at right-wing back,” he said.

“Forrest must be the favourite for that position now. McGregor reinstated in place of Christie, Ryan Fraser in for Armstrong, Adams picked ahead of Dykes.”

Rookie?

What an embarrassing verdict from English, yet again – if you can make it under Steven Gerrard, you can shine on the international stage.

The BBC pundit clearly has something against the Bears, as he clearly forgets that if you’re good enough, you’re old enough, and Patterson has been world-class.

After shining in Old Firms and the Europa League last season, he would be relishing the chance to get stuck into the old enemy.

Patterson is solid in defence and can offer that attacking threat that was desperately needed yesterday, can Forrest defend?

That would be a massive call to make, how would the Celtic man react to the likes of Jack Grealish, Raheem Sterling and Phil Foden running at him?

This is a huge call to make, and Patterson would certainly be the right one – not that we’re biased at all.

In other Rangers news, Confirmed: This Bears star hit with major blow, could miss entire EUROs