Scotland manager Steve Clarke has confirmed why Rangers star Nathan Patterson has left the national team squad – but it’ll do little to quell injury uncertainty surrounding the player.
Patterson joined Newcastle United forward Ryan Fraser and Norwich City midfielder Kenny McLean in pulling out of the national side with the Scotland boss explaining why as he looked ahead to the trip to Austria.
Clarke confirmed that the 19-year-old Ibrox talent picked up a knock after playing a starring role in the 1-0 World Cup Qualifying win over Moldova and will miss the crunch match.
Hibs star Paul McGinn has been called up to replace the Rangers star.
“Nathan Patterson and Kenny McLean have injuries from the game and Ryan Fraser has picked up a knock in training,” said Clarke [Herald].
“I had seven or eight doubts after the game on Saturday so losing three is not the worst outcome.
“It’s very difficult to call players in because of all the Covid stipulations so we’re grateful to Paul for making himself available. He’s a good addition.”
Whilst it remains unclear the severity of any potential injury picked up by Nathan on Scotland duty, there will now be some doubt over whether or not Patterson will be fit enough to face St Johnstone.
Ibrox skipper James Tavernier is currently recovering from Covid-19 and admitted that he had multiple symptoms from the virus, only returning to training today.
Leon Balogun deputised in the berth against Old Firm rivals Celtic and was on inspired form to earn the Man of the Match award, so there is cover if required.
But for Patterson this may have been the perfect opportunity to get a run in the side as the Ibrox captain looks to recover from a positive Covid diagnosis.