By Adefunmiloye Alani

5th Sep, 2021 | 9:40pm

Steve Clarke impressed with Nathan Patterson's performance against Moldova

Rangers right-back Nathan Patterson was on top of his game as Scotland secured a 1-0 win over Moldova on Saturday night.

The Tartan Army picked up their second win of the World Cup qualifiers in Group F to keep their hopes of playing at Qatar next summer alive, with the 19-year-old playing an important role in the victory.

Patterson was starting his first game for Scotland, and it almost yielded a goal, with Lyndon Dykes scoring after Moldova’s goalkeeper could not deal with the strike of the Bears sensation.

Scotland manager Steve Clarke was impressed with the teenager’s performance, showering praises on him post-game

“When you watch him playing for Rangers, he’s a good player,” Clarke said (via BBC).

“I think Nathan played a very good game. He gave us good energy going forward, almost got his first goal in his first start for his country, but fortunately, Dykesy was in the right place to knock it over the line.

“He gives you good energy up and down the line, good quality, good passer of the ball. He tired a bit in the second half, but he showed good maturity to sit in his position. He can defend well and is good going forward.

“A big player for us going forward and a big player for us now.”

Deserved accolades

Patterson missed Scotland’s loss to Denmark on Wednesday due to coronavirus protocols, and it is safe to say he was greatly missed.

He was full of life for his country, displaying exactly why Everton were keen on bringing to the Premier League during the summer transfer window.

If the Toffees fans were watching the game, they would have been impressed with his performances, and Rangers would feel justified to have held on to him and rejected both of the bids from the English top-flight side.

Scotland travel to face Austria on Tuesday and they can expect a tough match given the quality of opponents they will be coming against.

Patterson will be keen to test himself against some of the best players in Europe during the clash, and suitors will be surely be keeping tabs on him.

Having produced a five-star performance against Moldova, the Light Blues teenager will be raring to go again, and a lot of eyes will be on him without a doubt.

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