Callum Paterson says Rangers' Eros Grezda was tough to handle
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Callum Paterson says Rangers' Eros Grezda was tough to handle

Callum Paterson has praised Eros Grezda after admitting he struggled to deal with the Rangers winger on Saturday night.

Paterson was part of the Scotland side that annihilated Grezda’s Albania 4-0 away from home. It was a result that sets up a D-day match against Israel on Tuesday night to see who tops the Nations League group.

Grezda was one of Albania’s brightest sparks throughout the match. His impact, however, faded quickly after Albania went down to 10 men. Up against Paterson, the Gers winger got past the former Hearts man on several occasions. After the early stages, however, he stopped making such a positive impression.

Eros Grezda is still looking to cement his place at Ibrox (Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Paterson, however, doesn’t forget the struggle he had in trying to deal with the Rangers man. Speaking last night, Paterson praised his rival man for giving him problems.

“It’s been a long time since I played right back, and it’s not my favourite position. It’s one of my least favourite positions to be honest. But I’m happy to do a job wherever I’m asked, though.

“Grezda was a handful, but you have to look after yourself. I didn’t really do that in the first 15 to 20 minutes. I got in to the game as it wore on though. There was a bit of ring rust.

“I wasn’t happy with my delivery. I gave away too many fouls and got the yellow card (for a foul on Grezda early on). It wasn’t really my night. The shape of the team looked good, but I wasn’t too pleased with my performance.”

Positive vibes

Hearing opposition players talk up Grezda is a positive boost for Rangers fans. Many have still to be convinced with their Albanian winger, who is still looking for consistent game-time at Ibrox.

The right-winger bagged a brace against Motherwell last weekend, netting his first Rangers goals. Despite that, however, it’s consistency that Gers fans want to see from their new man.

Callum Paterson had problems in dealing with Rangers’ Grezda for Scotland (Cardiff City FC/Getty Images)

It’s going to be a huge December for the former Osijek man, with so many big games coming up. Daniel Candeias and Grezda will likely be rotated on a consistent basis, but if Grezda wants to play in the big games, he needs to step up more consistently.

As it stands, Candeias is the number one right winger. He’s the man who needs to be displaced if Grezda is to be a success. Despite the goals against Motherwell, Grezda still needs to prove his worth. He should, however, get the chance to do this when Rangers host Livingston on Saturday.

It remains a positive to see Grezda receiving good reviews, particularly from the opposition. Regardless, it’s now down to him to nail down his place at Ibrox.