The Scotland national team have been boosted by the news that Rangers talent Nathan Patterson will return to the squad for the visit of Moldova [Sky Sports].
Steve Clarke’s side head into the must-win World Cup Qualification clash at Hampden boosted by the return of numerous players missing for the 2-0 defeat to Denmark.
A boost for Scotland as John McGinn, Nathan Patterson, Stephen O’Donnell and Kevin Nisbet return to training ahead of tomorrow's World Cup Qualifier agianst Moldova at Hampden Park – live on Sky Sports📺
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The manner of the defeat in Copenhagen has drawn criticism from some quarters but Scotland were without John McGinn, Stephen O’Donnell, Kevin Nisbet and Nathan Patterson for the clash against the Euro 2020 semi-finalists.
So far, Scotland have only picked up one win from four qualification matches – against the lowly Faroe Islands in a 4-0 win – with the nation also earning draws against Austria and Israel.
Denmark are undoubtedly the group favourites to directly qualify for the World Cup in Qatar 2022 with the team that tops the ground going straight into the tournament.
Scotland, however, face a tough task to qualify for the tournament given stiff competition from Austria and Israel with the match against the Moldovans a must-win to get three points on the board.
After the visit of Moldova, Scotland then travel to Austria for a potentially make-or-break clash which could have sizeable ramifications in their hunt for qualification.
Big things are expected of Rangers right-back Patterson, 19, and Ibrox fans will be hoping he can cement himself in the Scotland first-team for the rest of the campaign.
Manager Steve Clarke has traditionally stuck with Stephen O’Donnell in the berth but many Rangers fans believe the youngster deserves a starting opportunity.
Not least because it will give Patterson the chance to show everyone why Premier League outfit Everton reportedly had an £8m bid turned down for the player this summer.