By Alex McLeish

22nd Sep, 2022 | 1:11pm

Pundit fears for Everton as 'serious' Nathan Patterson injury claim made - 'never a good sign'

Everton star Nathan Patterson may have suffered a serious injury in Scotland’s win over Ukraine.

That’s according to former Scotland boss Alex McLeish, speaking exclusively to Football Insider about a potential blow to the Toffees’ defender.

Patterson, 20, was stretchered off with a knee complaint during Scotland’s 3-0 win over Ukraine on Wednesday (21 September).

As quoted by Sky Sports after the game, Scotland boss Steve Clarke admitted Patterson’s injury “doesn’t look like a good one”.

The former Rangers right-back has played every minute of Everton’s Premier League season after barely featuring last term.

McLeish insists a player being stretchered off rarely ends well.

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“Well, let’s hope it’s not serious,” McLeish told Football Insider’s Ben Wild.

“We haven’t had the findings of it yet but that is a position that we [Scotland] have struggled to fill in the last 10, maybe longer years, you know?

“And yeah, you know, an Alan Hutton type right-back and he’s playing at the highest level already. Patterson has just burst onto the scene and Frank [Lampard] has shown a bit of trust in him despite when he first came in it looked like he would stick with the older guard.

“He has shown Frank that he is the real deal. Stretchers are never a good sign so let’s hope he’s ok.”

Patterson suffered a season-ending injury in March, ending a poor first few months on Merseyside.

The Toffees are next in action against Southampton on 1 October.

In other news, Gabby Agbonlahor claims Everton are ready to strike ‘£80m’ Anthony Gordon deal as talks confirmed.