Rangers fans have raved about Nathan Patterson after his strong debut display for Scotland in a 1-0 win over Luxembourg on Sunday evening.
The 19-year-old earned his place in the squad with a series of excellent showings at club level over the second half of the season, when deputising for the injured James Tavernier.
Scotland boss Steve Clarke hinted in the build-up to this friendly that Patterson would get an opportunity and he came off the bench in the 66th minute at the Stade Josy Barthel to replace Stephen O’Donnell.
It was no doubt a very proud moment for the Gers Academy graduate and his family, particularly given that he’s come up through the system, representing his country at U17, U18, U19 and U21 level prior to his maiden senior call up.
The standard of the opposition in this game wasn’t particularly high and Luxembourg were reduced to ten men in the first half shortly after Scotland took the lead through Ché Adams.
However, Patterson was still called upon to carry out some solid defensive work and he showed several glimpses of his attacking qualities in the later stages of the game, almost getting through the hosts’ defence on one occasion with a mazy run.
Plenty of Bears were impressed by what they saw, with many suggesting he should actually be Scotland’s first-choice right-back for Euro 2020.
Here’s a selection of reactions from Twitter:
Surely we have to start Patterson at the euros
— Adam Clarkson (@AdamAJ76) June 6, 2021
— FootballBoxingRugby (@boxing_rugby) June 6, 2021
Gilmour and Patterson have to start for Scotland during the Euros, so much better than O’Donnell and McGregor
— rach (@rachybabessss) June 6, 2021
Great debut from Patterson. O’Donnell should be a decent enough back up though 👍🏻
— Beardy55🇬🇧🏴 (@The_RemotePart) June 6, 2021
Patterson offered an immediate threat down the right when he came on.
— Euan Swinton (@Euan1986) June 6, 2021
Patterson starts at the euros or we riot. Simple 🤷🏼♂️
— Greg McAulay (@McaulayGreg) June 6, 2021
Patterson looks immense. Bias or not haha. He’s still raw defensively which may hold him back but if we are chasing a game or a win he must be an option.
— – (@RFC1872II) June 6, 2021
What a player Nathan Patterson is #SCO
— Lewis Rutherford (@lewruth) June 6, 2021