Hutton fumes over Clarke management of two Celtic and Rangers stars
Alan Hutton has been left fuming over Steve Clarke’s management of Celtic winger James Forrest and Rangers defender Nathan Patterson on Scotland duty.
The former Scotland defender, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, insisted either of the Old Firm pair needed to come on sooner in Monday’s 2-0 defeat to the Czech Republic.
Forrest played the final 11 minutes at Hampden Park while Patterson was left an unused substitute.
Hutton insisted there was a clear imbalance down the right-hand flank that needed addressing against the Czechs.
As such, he suggested either of the Celtic or Rangers stars should start against England on Friday.
Asked if he thought Forrest would be frustrated with his game time, Hutton told Football Insider’s Russell Edge: “Yeah. You’ve hit the nail on the head. It was one of the points I actually made.
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“I thought down the right-hand side there wasn’t a great deal, if anything, happening. We were very lopsided, everything was coming down the left, we needed a change.
“At half time, yes, he made the right decision to bring Che Adams on but I think on that right-hand side it was either Forrest or Patterson that had to come on.
“To leave it until what, 70-plus minutes? I mean, what do you expect somebody to in 10 minutes in such a big game? He should have come on at half-time in my opinion. He was a driving force, he was making things happen, in the box jinking, he had an effort on goal.
“If he came on when everybody wanted him on, I think, possibly, he could have changed it around. Hopefully, moving forward now, Steve Clarke sees that and he goes more attacking.
“I think that was a game where you could possibly go all-out attack. I understand them being a little bit cautious but things have changed now.
“You look to the England game, you need to get something out of it. The Croatia game, you really need to win that so I think there’s a case for Forrest or Patterson to play on that right-hand side.”
Forrest only played 17 times for Celtic last term as injury plagued his campaign.
Meanwhile, Patterson made 14 appearances for Rangers after breaking through the Ibrox youth ranks.
In other news, a 26-goal striker is “very keen” to join Celtic this summer.