Pundit shares 'absolutely massive' Patterson claim after Rangers announcement
Nathan Patterson’s inclusion in Scotland’s squad for this summer’s European Championships is “massive” for his development at Rangers, according to Kevin Phillips.
The ex-England striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, has claimed Rangers will reap the rewards of Steve Clarke’s decision to select the 19-year-old in his 26-man Scotland squad.
Patterson is yet to earn a cap for the senior side, but he will be in contention to play in their EURO 2020 Group D fixtures against Czech Republic, England and Croatia.
Phillips is in no doubt that international action will aid Patterson’s progress as a player.
“It’s absolutely massive to go away and play for your country,” Phillips told Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs. “He’ll learn so much from the coaching and environment he’ll be in, especially with the experience and quality of the players that he will be playing with and against.
“He will learn life skills, it’s just a bit of everything so it’s fantastic and it’s massive compliments to Steven Gerrard for bringing him on, as well as the player himself.
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“You can only benefit from it and anyone who doesn’t, you’d worry about them.”
Patterson featured 14 times for Rangers in the 2020/21 campaign, scoring twice.
But the Glasgow-born defender was banned for six games by the SFA in April, after being caught at a party in breach of coronavirus regulations in February.
He missed the Gers’ final four fixtures of the season as a consequence, meaning he has not played a minute of senior football since April 21.