Nathan Patterson started for Scotland in their penultimate World Cup qualifying match as the side won 2-0 against Moldova.

The Rangers youngster, who was making just his sixth appearance for Scotland, shone throughout the match and made a claim for a regular spot in the team ahead of the World Cup playoffs.

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Nathan Patterson playing for Scotland against Croatia. (Photo by Paul Ellis – Pool/Getty Images)

He opened the scoring for Scotland just before halftime, John McGinn laying the ball on perfectly to Patterson, who ran on to, took one touch, and fired it home with his weaker left foot.

He assisted Che Adams to score Scotland’s second goal and essentially wrap the game up. McGinn nutmegged a Moldovan player to release Patterson down the right-hand side, he then made a simple cut back to Adams who scored.

Having scored one and assisted one, Patterson’s stats were impressive throughout the match.

He won eight of his ground duels and was only dribbled past twice during the whole 90 minutes.

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He made five tackles throughout the match, although he gave away the penalty from which Moldova missed. He was so impressive he created the chances for both teams to score.

This performance showed that Patterson is maturing well and can step up to the big occasions and perform under pressure.

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GLASGOW, SCOTLAND – SEPTEMBER 04: Nathan Patterson of Scotland celebrates their side’s first goal scored by Lyndon Dykes of Scotland (not pictured) during the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qualifier match between Scotland and Moldova at Hampden Park on September 04, 2021, in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

The next step is for him to start getting more regular minutes in a Rangers shirt. Obviously, this is more difficult with James Tavernier making the right-back spot his own.

Whoever comes in as the new Rangers manager, might just have a selection headache after Patterson’s Scotland performances.

Meanwhile, a Serie A legend could be a great wildcard option for Rangers.

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