Rangers Academy graduates Billy Gilmour and Nathan Patterson were picked out for praise last night by Scotland boss Steve Clarke after they impressed in the 1-0 Hampden win over Moldova, with Patterson having a massive hand in Lyndon Dykes’ winner.
Patterson was handed his first start for the national team as Clarke made six changes to the side that lost to Denmark in midweek and the Rangers full-back was vital in the only goal of the game, robbing a Moldovan of possession before driving 30 yards and playing a give-and-go with Kevin Nisbet before Dykes tapped home the rebound from Patterson’s saved shot.
Clarke thinks both Gilmour and Patterson were “really good” and confessed he’d hoped to take Patterson off before he was forced to replace Andy Robertson on the opposite flank with one eye on the trip to Austria in a few days.
“They were both really good. Nathan was excellent. They both faded a little bit second half,” Clarke told Sky Sports after the final whistle.
“Billy is a good player, I don’t need to say that. He was excellent on the night, he’s always willing to be on the ball and dictate the tempo for us from midfield.
“If I had the chance to make six subs I would have probably taken Nathan off a little bit early as well but Andy Robertson was struggling a little bit on the left so I thought I’d protect him a little bit.”
Patterson only returned to training on Friday after a spell in isolation after he was pinged as a close contact following positive Covid tests at Rangers.
The full-back has been touted as Scotland’s long-term right-back and his performance last night will have done his chances no harm at all as he added to his blossoming reputation.
Meanwhile, a key Rangers star has been talking about his future at Ibrox amid £15m links out of the club this summer.