Nathan Patterson trudges off injured on Wednesday night[/caption]
Patterson has been compared to Scotland teammate and Arsenal ace, Kieran Tierney[/caption]
Not only is that a blow to Scotland in the short term but a bitter pill for Everton to swallow, having seen the youngster emerge as a key player under Frank Lampard this year.
Steve Clarke and Patterson himself will be gutted he’s sidelined for a period but ex-Celtic and Scotland attacker Simon Donnelly has offered a positive outlook on the young defender amid the doom and gloom.
He heaped praise on the 20-year-old by comparing him to international teammate Tierney in terms of his development and playing style and predicts he’ll be a top player for the national side for years to come.
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He also has high hopes that Aaron Hickey can fill the void in the meantime.
Speaking on the Go Radio Football Show, Donnelly said: “Patterson is a big player, I really like him. He’s very similar to a young Kieran Tierney on the left-hand side.
“There’s no fear in his play, wants to get forward at any opportunity, he’s easily slotted into this Scotland team and has already scored a goal.
“I’ve seen how he’s a fan favourite for Everton and he’s going from strength to strength.
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“Patterson did get an injury which will be a small setback for him, but Hickey from Brentford came on and was really good as well.
“Patterson will be a big player for Scotland in the future and he’ll be a big player for Everton, he has a bright future at only 20-years-old.”
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Meanwhile, big-spending Darvel have made another eye-catching signing by luring Jamie Glasgow to Recreation Park from league rivals Auchinleck Talbot.
The 28-year-old attacking midfielder joins Talbot’s West of Scotland Football League Premier division foes after asking to leave Tommy Sloan’s side and being placed on the transfer list.