By Pranav Shahaney

9th Oct, 2021 | 12:45pm

Charlie Adam expects Nathan Patterson to start v Israel

Charlie Adam believes Rangers full-back Nathan Patterson will start for Scotland against Israel later today.

Scotland currently sit second in their World Cup qualifying group and a win would see them build a four-point lead over the third-place Israeli side.

Patterson has been handed chances by Steve Clarke recently and has delivered – which makes Adam think he’ll be named in the starting eleven.

Speaking on the PLZ Football Show, the BBC pundit said, “Yes (he will start), because he did really well in attacking sense vs Moldova.

“We need to be on the front foot because the crowd’s going to expect it. We need to go after them and put them under pressure and I think Patterson’s pacey, he’s energetic, he can run up and down so I’ll expect him to play.”

Needs the start

Patterson is the future of Scotland’s right side and at 19 he’s proven that he’s capable enough of taking over and cementing his spot in Clarke’s team.

Whenever he’s been entrusted to play, either as a right-back or a right wing-back, he has delivered, no questions asked.

The energy he offers to this Scotland side is second to none and we’re proud of him for all the work that he’s been doing over the last few years.

There have been plenty of reports linking him with a move to the Premier League, but we’re hoping he prioritises staying at Ibrox.

Given James Tavernier’s age, Patterson knows that he’s going to become the first choice in no time.

Hopefully, Steven Gerrard and the club hierarchy convince him to stay and get him to commit his future to the club.

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