Rangers star Nathan Patterson continues to go from strength to strength for club and country and the young right-back saved Scotland blushes against the lowly Faroe Islands.
Nathan, 19, was dropped to the bench for the match against the 114th ranked side as Scotland looked to take a step closer to World Cup Qualification.
Newcastle United fringe star Ryan Fraser – who’s played under an hour of Premier League football for the Magpies this season – was preferred to the young Rangers kid in Torshavn.
Scotland – buoyed by that last minute winner against Israel at Hampden at the weekend – knew that a win v the Faroes and another three points against Moldova will be enough to guarantee a Playoff spot before the nation welcomes Denmark to Hampden.
But Steve Clarke’s side made heavy work against a team they should – with every respect – be blowing away on the international stage.
It was the Faroes who looked the more dangerous throughout and – in fairness to Fraser – Scotland’s problems generally stemmed from a lack of movement up top.
The ex-Aberdeen star did try to get the ball into the box for lone frontman Lyndon Dykes but Scotland struggled to create any clear cut chances.
Enter Rangers and Scotland talent Nathan Patterson
The Rangers kid always displays a superb attitude and with around ten minutes to go Newcastle United star Fraser was hooked and Patterson was tasked with rescuing Scotland.
Within minutes, Patterson delivered the perfect response to being dropped by whipping a stunning ball into the box which Aussie-born Dykes managed to bundle home.
😍 That assist from @np4tterson.
— Rangers Football Club (@RangersFC) October 12, 2021
That goal was enough to break the resolve of the Faroes and Scotland would hold on to the 1-0 lead to win the day and take a step closer to the Qatar World Cup in 2022.
Whilst it was Dykes’ name on the scoresheet, in many respects it’s Rangers kid Nathan Patterson the Tartan Army have got to thank for that.
But whilst Patterson celebrates, there was heartbreak for another Rangers star who saw his international World Cup dream die last night.