Nathan Patterson is ignoring the rising glare of the highlight to focus on progressing with membership and nation.
The 19-year-old Rangers right-back has change into an integral a part of Steven Gerrard’s squad since making his Gentle Blues debut towards Stranraer at Ibrox in January 2020.
Patterson has since damaged into the Scotland set-up beneath Steve Clarke, making his debut in a pleasant towards Luxembourg in June earlier than that includes towards Croatia within the delayed 2020 European Championship.
Everton have been reported to have made an unsuccessful £8million bid for the previous Gers youth participant in the summertime whereas Manchester United have been linked this week however Patterson, whereas admitting the previous yr or so has “simply been superb”, is focusing solely on enchancment on the pitch.
He mentioned: “Sure, that was clearly good to see that groups have an interest however I’m solely concerned about taking part in soccer.
“That is the stuff that comes with it and I’m not actually conscious of something that occurs, I simply go on the pitch and do my factor and let the surface discuss.
“You have to preserve your toes grounded and simply focus in your soccer and that is what I’ve been doing.
“In soccer you will have media in every single place now, and you’ve got everybody’s opinions.
“Typically you simply want to dam that out and give attention to your self, encompass your self with the precise folks and I really feel as if I’ve accomplished that. I’ve a great group of pals, good team-mates and household additionally who preserve pushing me on to do nicely.
“I’ve been working actually onerous with all of the coaches which were serving to me alongside the way in which and any time I get the chance I want to verify I’m able to show myself.
“I really feel as if I’ve accomplished that however I must preserve pushing on and hopefully get extra alternatives.”
Patterson made his first Scotland begin towards Moldova within the 2022 World Cup qualifier final month and hopes to get the nod towards Israel at Hampden Park on Saturday.
After six fixtures and forward of the clashes towards Willi Ruttensteiner’s facet and the Faroe Islands, the Scots are seven factors behind runaway part leaders Denmark, one forward of Israel and 4 forward of Austria.
“They’re large video games,” mentioned Patterson.
“We now have an enormous one at residence towards Israel after which we have to journey away to Faroe Islands and we hope we are able to get the outcomes we want.
“The video games are coming thick and quick and we want to get the outcomes we have to get to attempt to progress into the play-offs.
“We actually have the crew. We now have loads of expertise within the crew so we’re actually able to doing it and simply hope we are able to go on the pitch and get the outcomes we want.
“The boys know it’s a sell-out, they understand how large a sport it’s and hopefully we may give a great efficiency for the followers.
“We now have performed them six occasions within the final three years.
“They’re a high facet, they’ve harmful gamers, so we want to verify we nullify their risks and we are able to get the three factors.”