February 24, 2024

Everton defender Nathan Patterson was “left for dead” while on Scotland duty, according to BBC Sport journalist Thomas Duncan.


The claim was made during the second half of the Euro 2024 qualifying encounter against Georgia, which Steve Clarke’s men drew 2-2.

Napoli winger Khvicha Kvaratskhelia scored both goals for the home side, with Duncan blasting Patterson for his role in the second.


“Patterson was done all ends up in the box,” Duncan said live on BBC Sportsound (6.18pm, 16 November). “Two on the night for Kvaratskhelia.


“He’s a superstar in Georgia but well beyond as well, one of the best forwards in European and world football right now, and he just left Patterson for dead.”


Kvaratskhelia enjoyed another superb night for his country, with the Napoli attacker simply unstoppable at times, with Patterson getting a front-row seat.


The Everton man found it difficult to cope with the winger, who was in top form from the very first whistle. But he cannot take all of the blame, with the Toffees man not exactly helped out by his Scotland teammates on the night.


They did, however, manage to snatch a point on their travels, with Hearts striker Lawrence Shankland netting a late equaliser, with Scott McTominay also on the scoresheet.


It was certainly an entertaining encounter, with Patterson doing his utmost to get forward as much as he possibly could amid his tricky defensive outing.


Starting the match, the Everton defender played 79 minutes before Clarke replaced him with Celtic right-back Anthony Ralston.

Although it was a tricky test, Patterson may just be grateful to have come up against such an in-form and talented player as he looks to get more game time at Goodison Park.

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