Tam McManus: Rangers ace Nathan Patterson should start for Scotland v England
Tam McManus has backed Rangers player Nathan Patterson to start for Scotland against England on Friday evening.
It’s a huge occasion at Wembley, with the Scots most likely needing to avoid defeat in order to qualify past the group stage.
Patterson has only made one senior appearance for his country, in an impressive substitute outing in the warm-up clash with Luxembourg.
Writing on his personal Twitter account ahead of the clash, McManus believes Steve Clarke should trust youth.
“What would be your starting line-up v England?” he wrote.
“Assuming everyone is available I really hope Stevie Clarke picks this 11. Could stick Fraser behind Adams instead of Armstrong but like the Southampton link, they will know each other’s games well.
“I’d love to see this team.”
What a moment this would be for Patterson, and a potential huge vote of confidence from Clarke at Wembley.
There is a big doubt surrounding if the right-back will get any chance in the major tournament, but he has proved he can do it.
Steven Gerrard has trusted Patterson in the Europa League and Old Firm games in the past year, so this would not be out of his depth.
Stephen O’Donnell was nothing short of disastrous against the Czech Republic and offers us literally nothing going forward, something we desperately need from the wing-backs.
Patterson is the perfect man for the job, will Clarke make that major decision though? It could be seen as a risk and reward choice, but forget about the occasion, the right-back will shine.
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