Rangers star Nathan Patterson was buzzing last night after scoring the opener in Scotland’s 2-0 win over Moldova that secured a place in the World Cup playoff semi-finals in March – but admits he is disappointed that he will miss the “special” clash with Denmark at Hampden on Monday night.
Patterson picked up his second booking of the qualifying campaign in Chisinau last night, earning a one-match ban in the process, and the prodigious Rangers talent thinks it is a “tough” rule that will cost him his place in the side as a packed Hampden gets behind Stwce Clarke’s side.
Despite scoring a fantastic opening goal shortly before the break – hist first for Scotland – Patterson confessed the wait for VAR to check for any potential infringements before the goal is actually given makes things “weird” with Ché Adams scoring the second to kill the game off.
“It’s fantastic to get the win and to be in the play-offs. Everyone’s buzzing, you couldn’t hear yourself think in that dressing room,” Patterson said.
“We started really well, then we fell off it a bit. We didn’t keep the ball well enough and lost too many second balls. But we got through it, which is all that matters.
“We knew if we scored the first goal we’d be able to go on and kill the game and to be the one who scored it was a great feeling. Wee John and I linked up well and once I had a sight of goal it was about keeping my composure.
“It’s weird with VAR now at a goal, you’re celebrating and then you have to stop and wait to find out if it’s going to stand. When it was given I think I just let out a really big sigh of relief.
“Then at the second goal me and John worked it together again and Che was in the middle to stick it away. Once we got that one, it properly killed the game off.
“The one disappointment is that the booking I got means I’m suspended for Monday night, because that would have been a special game to play in. When you’re a defender, it’s a tough rule that you can only get two bookings, but it’s just the way it is.
“Hopefully the boys will give the fans a great performance and result and we can kick on from there.”
Patterson’s impressive performance for Scotland was borne out by his numbers as he helped secure a playoff place last night