Rangers star Nathan Patterson was delighted with his contribution after fulfilling a lifelong ambition by making his Scotland debut [Sky Sports Scotland Twitter].

The 19-year-old full-back, who has progressed through the age-group ranks at both Auchenhowie and international level, played the final 26 minutes of a 1-0 friendly win over Luxembourg on Sunday evening.

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Rangers Academy graduate Nathan Patterson was content with his debut showing for Scotland. (Photo by Mario Hommes/DeFodi Images via Getty Images)

He received rave reviews from fans after defending solidly when called upon and showing his dynamic attacking abilities during his cameo.

“It was obviously great,” said Patterson [Sky Sports Scotland Twitter]. “I have been working to this moment for my whole career. I have got the chance and gone on and I thought I done well.”

“It was a good challenge…[The advice was] to keep being positive, keep going at them, don’t be shy and to just get on the ball and make things happen. I thought I done that and the boys were excellent.”

Plenty of Bears have called on Steve Clarke to make the young bluenose his first-choice right-back for Euro 2020, at the expense of Motherwell’s Stephen O’Donnell.

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Patterson himself isn’t getting carried away but hopes to impress even more over the course of the final week of training.


“It is just wait and see what happens [before the first game],” he added. “Work hard and hopefully you can get a chance.

“If the chance comes, you go on and take it. I just want to get my head down and work hard in training and hopefully, I can get an opportunity.”

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Patterson received a maiden senior call-up after impressing at Rangers during the second half of the 2020/21 season. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Scotland’s first match of the tournament will take place next Monday afternoon against the Czech Republic at Hampden Park.

They will then take on England at Wembley before finishing their Group D campaign with a clash against Croatia at Hampden.

Patterson isn’t the only Gers star involved in the squad, but goalkeeper Jon McLaughlin looks unlikely to feature during the tournament after he went unused in the warm-up friendlies.

Former Gers midfielder John Fleck is a ‘long shot’ to make the Czech Republic clash after testing positive for Covid-19 last week, but he should be fit to play some part in the group stages [Sky Sports].

In other news, a Rangers star was hooked at half-time in a friendly on Sunday and received heavy criticism from some fans.

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