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Rusty right-back Paterson not a fan of role

21st November 2018, 09:27 by Simon Barlow

Callum Paterson says right-back is not his favourite position and felt "rustiness" when Scotland needed him to play there recently.

The Bluebirds star has mostly been played as an attacking midfielder by Neil Warnock but has been pushed up front of late as the Cardiff boss searches for a greater impact in attack.

But the 24-year-old was primarily at right-back for former club Hearts and was deployed in that role by Alex McLeish for Scotland's two Uefa Nations League matches against Albania and Israel over the course of the current international break.

However, he admits he found it "hard to handle" tricky Rangers ace Eros Grezda during Scotland's 4-0 win in Schkoder on Saturday.

"It’s been a long time since I played right-back," Paterson told The Scottish Sun. "It’s not my favourite position, it’s one of my least favourite places to play.

"Grezda was a handful, but you have to look after yourself, and I didn’t really do that in the first 15-20 minutes.

"There was a bit of rustiness but I felt as though I got into the game as it wore on. I’m happy to do a job for the team wherever I’m asked. It wasn’t as if I was getting chucked in at the deep end, even if it’s not something I’ve done for a long time."

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Simon Barlow has a wealth of journalism experience and in-depth knowledge in a number of sports. As well as his extensive football knowledge, Simon is also well versed on cricket, tennis, American Football and cycling amongst others.

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