By Doug Ward

16th Jun, 2021 | 11:53am

Michael Stewart: Rangers ace Patterson not the answer for Scotland

Rangers right-back Nathan Patterson is “not the answer” for Scotland, according to famous failed Ibrox trialist Michael Stewart.

However, the BBC Sportscene pundit seems to believe that centre-back Jack Hendry would be a good fit as the right-sided wing-back in Steve Clarke’s side.

Yes, that’s right, Hendry, a player who according to transfermarkt has played just four times as a right-back in his entire career.

Motherwell right-back Stephen O’Donnell had a shocker for Scotland in their defeat to the Czech Republic earlier this week as the Tartan Army got their Euro 2020 campaign off to a shoddy start.

It’s led to much talk about whether O’Donnell should be trusted to play against England on Friday in what is no doubt the biggest group stage match the Scots will have.

And while Rangers’ young right-back Patterson is waiting in the wings to be played instead of dodgy O’Donnell, Stewart would rather see a centre-back played out of position than the 19-year-old be called upon.

“I’m sure Clarke will argue his system got us to the Euros in the first place and he’s right,” Stewart wrote on the Scottish Sun website.

“But when I watch us I’m not seeing any combination play when we have the ball.

“And with the greatest of respect to Stephen O’Donnell, I don’t think he is good enough at this level.

“So what do we do? Nathan Patterson has emerged, but I’m not sure he’s the answer right now.

“No, for me Jack Hendry is capable of playing on that right side in a Mikael Lustig-type role.”

Could Stewart make his anti-Rangers agenda any more clear?

There’s a right-back there waiting to play. If you have issues with your starting right-back, you swap him with another right-back instead of messing up the entire system and playing someone out of position.

Scotland would lack so much balance if they did that.

If Patterson’s lack of experience is what is worrying people then that’s a load of rubbish because why else would Clarke have called him up if he didn’t intend to use him if he had to?

Patterson played 14 times in all competitions this season for the Gers and we cannot remember one bad performance.

In fact, he was tremendous against teams like Royal Antwerp and Celtic, so he’s done well against far better teams than O’Donnell has impressed against.

Stewart’s anti-Rangers agenda is just a joke and he’s simply becoming a parody of himself at this point.

In other Rangers news, Simon Jordan has made a big claim about the Gers and Celtic’s new boss Ange Postecoglou.