By Pranav Shahaney

4th Sep, 2021 | 6:10pm

Rangers defender Nathan Patterson spotted in Scotland training

Rangers right-back Nathan Patterson has been spotted training with the Scotland side after missing the Old Firm derby last Sunday.

There was a Covid-19 outbreak in the Gers camp in the week building up to the Celtic clash, and while Patterson did not test positive, he was identified as a close contact and was asked to isolate.

However, looking at the pictures posted by the official handle of the Scottish side, he is now eligible to play.

Great news

With Patterson not moving to Everton this summer, we’re expecting this campaign to be the one he gets more playing time in the first team.

It’s no secret that Steven Gerrard is an admirer of the player, and would it not have been for James Tavernier’s performances at right-back, he could have handed him a regular role in his side a lot earlier.

However, Patterson has proven that whenever he’s given the opportunity, both for club and country, he’s managed to deliver and stake a claim for a first-team berth.

Watching him blossom into the player he is now will undoubtedly be refreshing for Gers fans as he’s been regarded as the best young player at Ibrox for the past two years.

On the Essential Scottish Football Podcast [29/05/21], ex-Ibrox attacker Andy Little referred to Patterson as “incredible”.

We certainly second Little’s assessment of the player and are hoping to see more of him in the coming weeks.

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