Alex McLeish: Nathan Patterson must start for Scotland v England
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Alex McLeish has backed Rangers defender Nathan Patterson to stat for Scotland against England this evening.
The right-back was overlooked by Steve Clarke in the opening game, but Stephen O’Donnell failed to impress in defeat by the Czech Republic.
McLeish believes it is the perfect time for Patterson, who could replicate his famous performances in Europe at Ibrox when being thrown into the deep end.
Speaking exclusively to Ibrox News, McLeish said, “No, I don’t.
“I actually think now is the time to unleash young Patterson, he’s got a lot of adrenaline, and having watched him with Rangers in Europe, he was tremendous.
“He will be going straight into the heavy-duty stuff, if that happens, let’s hope for a performance that he gives Rangers.”
Imagine just how much pressure would be on the shoulders of Patterson if he was to earn his first-ever senior start for Scotland against the old enemy.
Luckily for Clarke, he has proved this season that he thrives under pressure, replacing the injured James Tavernier with flying colours.
O’Donnell proved he is nowhere near enough good enough in an attacking sense over the weekend, and it was far too much pressure on Andy Robertson to create everything.
McLeish knows the pressure that will be on our shoulders later, and he is crying out for Patterson to start.
What a moment it would be for Rangers too, one of our own shining on the biggest stage despite his lack of experience – if you’re good enough, you’re old enough.
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