The Glasgow Rangers youngster was one of several Ibrox academy stars who impressed for their nation.

Glasgow Rangers have shared a video clip on their Twitter channel of Ibrox youngster Nathan Patterson opening the scoring for Scotland Under-19s in their UEFA Qualifying Round match against Belarus U19s.

The 17-year-old, who was on the scoresheet in Rangers 3-3 draw with Young Boys in the UEFA Youth League last week, opened the scoring in the 12th minute as he connected with a probing cross on the volley and the ball looped into the back of the net, the startled opposition goalkeeper barely getting a touch on it.

Patterson’s fellow Rangers academy teammates contributed to the second Scotland goal as Josh McPake – currently on loan at Dundee from Ibrox – was fouled in the box, and Light Blues youngster Dapo Mebude stepped up to convert the spot kick at Cappielow.

Although Belarus clawed their way back into the game through Dmitri Prischepa and Roman Davyskiba for a final result of 2-2, Patterson’s goal was nonetheless praised on social media, with Rangers saying tongue-in-cheek that the Man of the Match’s goal was “100 percent a shot”.

The result left Scotland in third place after the opening fixture of the Under-19s European Championship qualifiers, and the next match – against Andorra U19s – will take place at Dumbarton’s C&G Systems Stadium on Saturday 12 October.

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