Rangers star dealt further Covid-19 blow as international rival ruled out of clash
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Rangers star dealt further Covid-19 blow as international rival ruled out of clash

Rangers talent Nathan Patterson has been dealt a further Covid-19 blow by the news that first choice Scotland full-back Stephen O’Donnell has been ruled out of an upcoming World Cup Qualifier.

The Motherwell star is the preferred option at right-back for the Scotland boss but O’Donnell has been denied entry into Denmark due to their stringent Covid-19 rules.

Scotland international full-back Stephen O’Donnell has been ruled out of the clash with Denmark. (Photo by Paul ELLIS / POOL / AFP) (Photo by PAUL ELLIS/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

Local Danish restrictions mean that anyone who has recently tested positive for Covid-19 cannot enter the country even if they’ve recovered.

Whilst it isn’t clear when O’Donnell had the virus this comes as a major blow to Scotland who are already with Nathan Patterson due to Covid-19 issues.

This would’ve been a superb opportunity for the 19-year-old full-back to stake a claim for the Scotland jersey but the player is currently in self-isolation.

As far as Heart & Hand know, Patterson “doesn’t have Covid” but is self-isolating due to being a close contact of someone who has.

As a result of this, the player missed the weekend’s 1-0 Old Firm win over Celtic and will miss the clash with Denmark this evening.

Had he been available then this would’ve been a huge opportunity for the youngster and the situation is something of frustration to Scotland gaffer Steve Clarke.

“It’s a little bit of a curve ball,” said Clarke [BBC Scotland].

“It has caught us out a little bit. It’s just the way it is with the Covid restrictions and the rules. Different countries have different rules.

Rangers star Patterson has been dealt another blow from his Covid-19 isolation. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

“We started with a squad of 26 and go to Denmark with 18 (including three goalkeepers).”

Nathan Patterson earned his maiden Scotland call up at Euro 2020 and made his debut in a pre-tournament friendly against Luxembourg before coming on against Croatia at the Euros.

Speaking of Patterson and his Covid-19 isolation, a Gers insider has rejected claims that this is why a Premier League club didn’t go beyond an £8m bid for the player.