Rangers star Nathan Patterson has been handed a major blow to his Euro 2020 ambitions after the Ibrox club crashed out of the Scottish Cup.
The talented teenage right-back has impressed during an injury absence to Ibrox captain James Tavernier but his season has now been ended due to a ban for breaching Covid-19 protocols.
Rangers had appealed the ban handed out to the 19-year-old full-back for breaching rules in February alongside four Gers teammates, but it was later upheld by the SFA.
Patterson, Bongani Zungu, Calvin Bassey, Brian Kinnear, and Dapo Mebude were all given four-match suspensions this season with another two games suspended until the start of next season.
Rangers were left unimpressed by the bans and criticised the SFA as a result [Rangers] and after the club crashed out of the Scottish Cup is has ended the youngster’s season.
Patterson has served one game of the four-match ban this campaign with only three games remaining in the Scottish Premiership.
It’s a bitter disappointment for Patterson and highlights exactly what Steven Gerrard was saying prior to the ban being doled out.
Whilst the Gers gaffer didn’t use the player’s Scotland ambitions as an excuse not to ban Patterson, Gerrard explained any prospective ban could damage the youngster’s fledgling career.
Patterson’s form had been so good up until that point that plenty had him as part of the Scotland discussions ahead of this summer’s European Championships.
However, the ban and cup exit undoubtedly hand Patterson a major blow to these ambitions and it remains to be seen if the talented Ibrox kid will have done enough to force his way into Steve Clarke’s plans.
Patterson isn’t the only Gers player who could miss out on the Scotland Euros squad after Ryan Jack’s ongoing injury issues resulted in the midfielder having surgery.