Scotland defender Nathan Patterson is confident the quality in Steve Clarke’s squad should see them secure a World Cup playoff spot as they prepare for a must-win Hampden clash with Israel this weekend.

Steve Clarke’s side currently sit second in their group – one point ahead of Israel – with four games left and Patterson is well aware of just what is at stake in the upcoming double-header.

Scotland v Moldova - 2022 FIFA World Cup Qualifier

Patterson celebrates Lyndon Dykes’ goal against Moldova (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

After facing Israel, Scotland face the Faroe Islands but with a packed Hampden expected for the Israel game, Patterson and his teammates want to go out and impress the 50,000-plus who will be inside the national stadium.

Two wins from two would leave Scotland within touching distance of a playoff place for next year’s finals in Qatar but the teenage defender isn’t taking anything for granted against a side Scotland have become very familiar with in recent years.

“They are massive games,” said Patterson.

“We have a big one at home against Israel and then we need to travel away to Faroe Islands and we hope we can get the results we need.

“The games are coming thick and fast and we are looking to get the results we need to get to try to progress into the play-offs.

 

“We certainly have the team. We have a lot of talent in the team so we are certainly capable of doing it and just hope we can go on the pitch and get the results we need.

“The boys know it is a sell-out, they know how big a game it is and hopefully we can give a good performance for the fans.

“We have played them six times in the last three years.

“They are a top side, they have dangerous players, so we need to make sure we nullify their dangers and we can get the three points.”

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