Nathan Patterson’s 13-minute cameo yesterday once again had a massive impact, as the 19-year old set up the winning goal following 77 minutes of huffing and puffing from the visitors in the Faroes.
The decision to drop him in favour of Ryan Fraser was another bizarre call by Steve Clarke, who’d done himself some credit selecting Patterson in previous fixtures, only to leave him out this time.
The Rangers man then had the colossal effect on the match, effectively securing the 3 points minutes after coming on.
Nathan Patterson is absolutely becoming, if he isn’t already, the story of Scottish football this calendar year.
From the chaos of the Covid stuff, to scoring in Europe seconds after coming on, to the selection for his country at the Euros then all the Patto v Tav debate, Nathan Patterson is centre-stage for pretty much everything that is good about Rangers and Scotland these days.
Let’s be clear – Billy Gilmour, for the NT, is an outstanding talent too, and probably verging on world class, so we’re not saying it’s about Patterson with Scotland.
But our man is having more and more of a say. Of an impact. And he’s becoming impossible to exclude for either club or country.
Some might point to a questionable first half v Israel, but given he’s 19 this is hardly a shocker. He’s growing, developing, gaining confidence, and ultimately there’s a reason Rangers have a £15M price tag on his head.
Once again, Patterson is on everyone’s lips.
And we’re very glad he’s on our roster.