If all was pure and holy, and things had been a little different, Rangers would have had five representatives this summer in Steve Clarke’s Scotland squad.
Allan McGregor, Jon McLaughlin, Nathan Patterson, Ryan Jack and Scott Arfield.
As it is, just two will go, in McLaughlin and Patterson, and we’re glad this NT manager saw sense and included Patterson, as well as Celtic’s Turnbull and the best player in the squad in Chelsea’s Gilmour.
But thanks to McGregor’s retirement, Jack’s injury and Arfield’s fateful choice all those years ago, three alpha Rangers players won’t be going to the Euros, players who would have significantly strengthened Scotland.
As it is, the Patterson call-up is well deserved. The young lad has turned his life around after the Covid shambles, and got his head down and done incredibly well with his chance.
He is absolutely the best Auchenhowie talent for years alongside Ross McCrorie and our own Gilmour, and he has earned the shout to play for Scotland. Frankly he is good enough to start.
But it’s a shame the NT isn’t more blessed with Rangers players, as a result of fate and the direction things took.
Maybe that’s a reason it took this long to get to a major championships…