Rangers icon Ally McCoist thinks Ibrox prodigy Nathan Patterson deserves a place in Scotland’s Euro 2020 squad – despite yesterday’s win over Hibs being only his third Premiership start.
The defender has impressed when he’s been called upon and the club’s all-time record goalscorer is confident he wouldn’t be overawed by the lightning-fast promotion to the senior squad if Steve Clarke named him in his squad.
“I certainly would(pick him). We’ve got to pick our best players. It’s as simple as that,” McCoist said. [Radio Clyde].
“At this moment in time it certainly looks as if Patterson could be part of that squad.
“The first things you look for are if he is comfortable, if he looks out of place or does he play his normal game – and he ticks all those boxes.
“He’s still very young and he’s still got a long way to go and it looks as if he has a very bright future ahead of him, but I wouldn’t have any problems throwing him into that squad”.
The Ibrox legend pointed to England international Phil Foden’s development under Pep Guardiola at Man City and insisted “timing is everything” for the young stars.
After Guardiola wrapped the precocious talent in cotton wool, he’s now one of City’s top performers and McCoist believes Patterson will benefit from similar treatment at Ibrox from Gerrard, adding: “Timing is everything. You look at somebody like Phil Foden down the road. Everybody was complaining last year that he wasn’t getting enough game time.
“Pep Guardiola took his time with him and all of a sudden he’s now been phenomenal.
“He has been managed and coached perfectly. I think Patterson will be the same.
“Whether he plays every week if Tavernier is fit is definitely up for debate. I wouldn’t have thought so.
“But I don’t think for a minute that he won’t be managed very carefully”.
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