James McFadden: Nathan Patterson a joy to watch
James McFadden has waxed lyrical of Rangers full-back Nathan Patterson after his recent outing for Scotland against Israel over the weekend.
The 19-year-old started the game and played the entire 90 minutes for Steve Clarke’s side in the huge win.
While he had a stop-start first half, he came out all guns blazing in the second and won over the former Scotland international, who was also impressed by Billy Gilmour’s performance.
Speaking on BBC Radio Scotland’s Sportsound programme, McFadden said, “The performance of those two in the second half was absolutely magnificent. It was a joy to watch.
“Nathan Patterson in particular, his first half he gave the ball away probably nearly every time he got it. He could have done better in the situation for one of the goals.
“But second half he just keeps that composure. He just refocuses and takes the ball, demands it, wants to go and make things happen. Yes, he’s a defender, but his strength is without a doubt going forward.”
Patterson has grown from strength to strength and despite playing second fiddle to James Tavernier for a large part, continues to impress the Scotland head coach.
He could very easily have not played Patterson because he’s not a regular starter but is well aware of what he can bring to the table for his team.
The energy that he brings to the table is second to none and is a threat whenever going forward.
Yes, defensively he needs to work on his game a bit, but he’s not even 20 yet and has plenty of years to make amends.
Players who get too good this early in their careers tend to get carried away so both Clarke and Steven Gerrard must help keep him grounded while continuing to show their trust in him.
Thus far, he’s played in just one league game this season and it’s about time Gerrard finds a way of playing both him and Tavernier in the same side.
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