Rangers right-back Nathan Patterson admits it is “great” to be starring for Scotland alongside fellow Ibrox Academy graduate Billy Gilmour as reflected on his maiden start for the national team in last night’s win over Moldova.
Patterson played a key role in the only goal of the game, driving forward and causing problems for the Moldovan defence before his saved shot was tapped in by Lyndon Dykes while Gilmour picked up the man of the match award for his performance.
The pair came through the system at Rangers together before Gilmour’s move to Chelsea and Patterson thinks their confidence and “no fear” mentality shows in their performances for the national team.
“It is obviously great to be picked but also great to be picked with someone you have worked with through the levels and it is good to see young players getting opportunities,” Patterson said.
“We both play with confidence and no fear and it shows on the pitch.
“You have to be confident, that is the main thing. You can’t hide and you can’t be shy, you have to get on the ball and show what you are made of and I feel both me and Billy have done that since we have come in.”
With one more game for Scotland in the current set of fixtures, Patterson will be hoping he can retain his place in the starting XI when Scotland face Austria in midweek.
The Rangers star is set to really push James Tavernier for a starting berth at Ibrox this season and he should really be Scotland’s first pick for, at least, the remainder of the current campaign.
Patterson, Gilmour and others in the squad are the future of the Scotland squad so it only makes sense for them to be given the chance their talents deserve.
Meanwhile, a key Rangers star has been talking about his future at Ibrox amid £15m links out of the club this summer.