ROBBIE NEILSON is convinced Hearts defender Callum Paterson can be Scotland’s secret weapon as they prepare to take on England in the World Cup qualifier at Wembley on Friday.
The Tynecastle right-back scored his sixth goal of the season to give his side a 2-2 draw with St Johnstone in Edinburgh yesterday.
He pounced with three minutes to go to sicken the Saints and salvage a point for Neilson’s side.
The Jambos gaffer said: “I would definitely be putting him in against England. If we get a set-play at Wembley, he’s the man you want in their.
“Believe me, no matter who you are playing against, he’ll always score goals. Hopefully, he plays. It’s up to Gordon Strachan, of course, but I think he has played well in the last two games. I don’t see why he shouldn’t be in the team.
“He’s our main threat at the moment. He gives us goals at set-plays and in open play, as well. He’s a big threat.”
The international defender struck just one minute after Chris Kane looked to have clinched it for the Perth outfit. Prince Buaben nodded Hearts ahead amid protests from the Saints the ball hadn’t crossed the line.
Danny Swanson levelled with a superb effort before the break and the Saints went ahead late on before Paterson’s rescue mission at the end of a feisty encounter.