John Roder: Nathan Patterson was excellent v Israel
Rangers defender Nathan Patterson enjoyed a ‘fantastic’ moment in the second half of the Scotland v Israel clash on Saturday, according to John Roder.
The 19-year-old was deservedly handed the start by Steve Clarke and he kept himself busy all game, running up and down the right side.
He did not get his goal, but came very close to in the latter stages of the game, when he took on the opposition player and played a good cross in which was then cleared for a corner.
Discussing this moment on the world feed, Roder, a BBC MOTD commentator, said, “Excellent persistence here by Patterson. He’s done well there.”
It was a thrilling game that saw the Scottish side trail on two separate occasions but eventually coming out victorious courtesy of a Scott McTominay goal.
However, it was an end-to-end game, and while Patterson’s had better outings for Clarke’s side, it was still a memorable encounter for the teenager.
He did not get a goal or an assist, but his influence on the pitch can be felt and should the Scots qualify for the World Cup, he has to be their first-choice right-back.
Patterson rarely puts in a foot wrong and shows such great maturity at that early age.
He’ll only get better over time and Clarke must be as helpful as Steven Gerrard has to take his game to the next level.
We’re sure, in a few years time, Patterson will become the complete player, and he’s got the potential to be one of the best right-backs in Europe.
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