Scotland look set to follow Cardiff’s lead by playing Callum Paterson up front during Nations League matches against Albania and Israel. Paterson originally joined the Bluebirds as a right-back from Hearts during the summer of 2017 but was converted into an attacking midfielder by boss Neil Warnock during his first season at the Cardiff City Stadium.
The 24-year-old scored 10 goals during Cardiff’s promotion-winning campaign and has been moved even further forward this term, starting the last four games as a striker, scoring three goals during against Fulham, Liverpool and Brighton.
That form could also see Paterson handed a chance to play up front for Scotland as the likes of Steven Naismith and Leigh Griffiths are unavailable for this month’s fixtures.
One man who knows Paterson well is Darren Murray, who is the head of coach education at Hearts, and he feels Scotland should take a leaf out of Cardiff’s book and start him up front against Albania on Saturday. “Callum has been involved in more than 20 Scotland squads and he’s got nine caps.
I know what he’s like. He will be frustrated,” Murray was quoted as saying by the Edinburgh Evening News. “This is now the opportunity. There is no Griffiths, no Naismith. When is he going to have a better chance?
“I think Callum deserves the opportunity. He has taken very well to the English Premier League. He’s scoring goals, he will be confident and in a good place mentally.”