Scotland manager Steve Clarke has praised Rangers full-back Nathan Patterson as he emerges as key player for the nation.
The 20-year-old talent is second choice to Rangers captain James Tavernier but is far and away the best right-back the Tartan Army has at their disposal.
However, whilst Patterson is highly rated by the Ibrox side minutes have been limited with Gers skipper Tavernier such an important part of the team.
But that hasn’t’ stopped Clarke publicly praising the Ibrox talent after he scored and provided an assist in a World Cup Playoff securing a 2-0 win over Moldova.
“It was the performance of a young player who is going to develop into a really good player,” said Clarke [Daily Record].
“A great finish for the goal, with good hold-up play from John, a good ball in from Billy and a nice finish with his left foot which, as a former right-back myself, I can recognise is something right-backs don’t always do!
“So it was good to get a goal in that period as well, because to go in at half-time 1-0 was important.
“The second goal Nathan and John McGinn are involved again on the right – it was a good connection tonight on the right – and Che was in the right place to get the second, which probably made it a bit more comfortable for us.”
Patterson’s impressive showing for the national side comes with the youngster vying for his place in the Ibrox squad.
Tavernier, 30, is the undisputed first choice at right-back but there’s a growing sentiment the Gers must find a way to incorporate Patterson into the style of play.
Meanwhile, Rangers have held positive talks with a leading candidate as they step up the chase for a new manager.