Ally McCoist would play Rangers' Nathan Patterson against England
England and Scotland clash at Wembley on Friday, and Ally McCoist wants Rangers right-back Nathan Patterson to start.
Manager Steve Clarke watched helplessly as the Czech Republic handed his side a 2-0 defeat in their opening game of the European Championship.
The Three Lions are next at Wembley, and Scotland have to get at least a draw to have any hopes of progressing.
McCoist wants Clarke to ring the changes, and he reckons playing Patterson could be crucial to Scotland’s chances of getting a result.
“I would make changes to the Scotland team for England,” the former Rangers boss wrote in The Telegraph.
“Nathan Patterson could come in on the right side because he is another one who is young, fearless and athletic so can get up and down the park.
“With Andy Robertson on one side, I’d play Patterson on the other to combat pace.”
Go for it Clarke!
Scotland opted for Stephen O’Donnell in a right wing-back role last time out, with James Forrest replacing the Motherwell man with 10 minutes to play.
Neither particularly impressed, and we agree with McCoist that it is time to bring in Patterson.
The 19-year-old only featured in nine games across the Premiership and Europa League last term, but is without a doubt a quality full-back.
The presence of skipper James Tavernier prevented him from shining for Rangers, but nothing should stop him in this Scotland side.
Having him and Robertson on both wings could cause trouble for Gareth Southgate’s men.
Anyone Clarke plays at right-back or right wing-back would potentially be coming up against Raheem Sterling and Kieran Trippier, and Patterson is be the perfect option for that position tomorrow.
He can cause problems going forward and is also solid defensively, and the Rangers man should be the one saddled with the tough job of limiting England’s impact on that wing.
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