By Nick Ware

5th Sep, 2021 | 8:10am

James McFadden blown away by Rangers defender Nathan Patterson

James McFadden was thrilled by Nathan Patterson’s confidence on Saturday after the Rangers defender helped Scotland to a 1-0 win over Moldova.

Patterson, 19, was handed a rare start by Steve Clarke on Saturday night as the Tartan Army claimed a vital victory in their World Cup qualifier at Hampden Park.

Ex-Scotland hero McFadden was particularly pleased by Patterson’s post-match interview.

“He’s given the manager a lot to think about,” McFadden told Sky Sports [04/09/21].

“When you look at him, front-foot, driving forward, playing with no fear.

“I loved it [the interview], I absolutely loved it. He’ll be alright when he comes out of his shell!”

“He’s saying how he plays. He has no fear. He’s not happy just to go into the team, he wants to go and establish himself.”

Star in the making

Saturday’s display was another reminder, if Rangers fans and the rest of football even needed one, that Patterson is destined for big things in his career.

Still only a teenager, he has already shown glimpses of star quality for the Gers but has had to settle in his role as understudy to club captain James Tavernier.

He was even relegated to that role with Scotland as Stephen O’Donnell was preferred at Euro 2020.

Patterson played just 12 minutes of football at that tournament.

But he showed his worth against the Moldovans at Hampden with his energy a constant source of worry down their left-hand side.

That commitment to press and drive forward ended up in Scotland’s first goal, and Patterson didn’t let up after that.

At this rate, Clarke and Steven Gerrard will both have selection headaches with Patterson bidding to become a regular member of both of their starting XI’s.

In other Rangers news, Michael Stewart is baffled by Gers fans in this fresh Saturday tweet.