Rangers star Nathan Patterson has returned to training after missing last weekend’s Old Firm win at Ibrox due to Covid issues – with the Ibrox teen in line to make his return to action tonight when Scotland face Moldova.
Patterson was a surprise absence from last weekend’s win over the Parkhead side that condemned them to one of their worst starts to a league season in decades after he was pinged as a close contact of someone who tested positive for Covid.
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The Rangers star was one of four Scotland players to return to training yesterday, with Kevin Nisbet, Stephen O’Donnell, and John McGinn also rejoining Steve Clarke’s side.
After losing 2-0 to Denmark with Andy Robertson thrown in at right-back, the return of Patterson and O’Donnell will give Clarke more options for tonight’s Hampden clash.
Patterson picked up his first cap earlier his summer before becoming the youngest Scot to represent his country at a major tournament when he appeared at Euro 2020.
The Rangers teen is the long-term future for Scotland at right-back so it would be good to see him given a chance to shine with Scotland’s World Cup hopes already hanging by a thread following the defeat by Denmark.
Getting Patterson embedded into the side alongside other young talents like Billy Gilmour is vital for Scotland and can give them a solid base to work from for years to come.
With experience domestically and in Europe for Rangers, there are no excuses now for Clarke not to give Patterson his chance to make the right-back spot his own for the World Cup qualifying campaign.
After Scotland face Moldova tonight, they wrap up the current set of fixtures in midweek with the last of three qualifiers in a week, facing Austria away from home.
As Rangers head into a crucial run of games themselves, Patterson’s return to training will be a big boost for the Light Blues after his unexpected absence.
Meanwhile, a key Rangers star has been talking about his future at Ibrox amid £15m links out of the club this summer.