McLeish: Rangers have got a teen sensation who'll be as good as McGinn
Alex McLeish has backed Rangers starlet Nathan Patterson to follow in John McGinn’s footsteps to become a standout performer for club and country.
The former Scotland boss, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, admitted he was thrilled with the 19-year-old’s attitude and quality during the current international break.
Patterson played the full 90 minutes in the 3-2 win over Israel and came off the bench to make a decisive impact in Tuesday’s victory against the Faroe Islands.
The right-back saw his dangerous cross deflected by one of the home side’s defenders into Lyndon Dykes for the only goal of the game.
The Rangers youngster has now made five appearances for his country.
McLeish admitted he saw a flash of James Tavernier’s attacking prowess in the young defender’s cameo on Tuesday.
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McLeish told Football Insider’s Russell Edge: “Tavernier would be an influence on him. You could see a bit of that in his game.
“He’s still a young guy, he’s not got all the answers yet. The more experience you get, the more that you find the answers, just like the current Scotland squad.
“Look at McTominay, John McGinn. The more they’ve played at the top level, the better they’ve become. They’ve improved their technical abilities, they have enhanced everything.
“It’s great to see our young man Patterson coming in and making an instant impact. The first game, he had a tough kind of game but you could see the determination in him.
“He’s not one of those guys who is ever going to give up. It’s just a great Scottish trait.”