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I'LL BALE US OUT WITH MY LONG THROWS; EVERY GOAL .. EVERY GAME .. EVERY MONDAY Paterson happy to copy Real star's route to goal.

Byline: Gavin Berry

CALLUM PATERSON hopes to become Scotland's answer to Gareth Bale by using his long throw as a lethal weapon.

Wales used the surprise tactic with the Real Madrid superstar in last week's 2-2 World Cup draw in Austria.

And Paterson showed he also has that in his locker when he launched a shy that saw Grant Hanley nod on for James McArthur to head home the late equaliser against Lithuania on Saturday.

Asked to compare his throw-in ability to PS85million man Bale, Paterson said: "His weren't as far as mine. I can throw it further!

"Seriously, it just shows you how effective something as simple as a throw-in can be. You get 50, 60, 70 throw-ins in a game and most of the time you end up throwing them down the line.

"But throwing it into the box and getting a goal out of it, all the better. It's one of my assets and thankfully I got to use it on Saturday to show the manager I'm capable of it. Thankfully it came off and there is something at the end of it.

"We spoke about it. If we were under a bit of pressure or trying to put a bit of pressure on, get the long throw out, put it in the box, and put them back under pressure.

"It's just natural. I can throw things far, so why not throw a football far? It worked at the end of the day.

"I'll throw anything. I played rugby at school but that's not my game. There was too much contact in it!" Paterson is loving the challenge of the step up to international football after winning his third full cap and a first at Hampden.

He is now preparing for a tough trip to Slovakia followed by next month's Auld Enemy showdown at Wembley.

Paterson could come up against a couple of rivals from the past with Martin Skrtel and Raheem Sterling part of the Liverpool side he faced in Europe with Hearts four years ago.

Skrtel is battling to be fit for the visit of Scotland after missing Saturday's defeat to Slovenia through suspension and Paterson said: "Skrtel played alongside Jamie Carragher at centre-half against Hearts.

"We learned that night not to put the ball in the air with him in defence. I played against him in both those games and it's always great to play against players like that.

"I played directly against Raheem Sterling so that was probably my toughest start to date. I'd played against Manchester City and Everton in pre-season so to play against Liverpool on a European night at Anfield was a great experience.

"I would love to play against Raheem again in November. He was like myself, just coming on to the scene, although maybe not as high a calibre player as he is right now.

"He has obviously improved. He's at the top of his game in world football but hopefully I can get back in the squad and get picked for it again.

"Hopefully Slovakia are feeling the pressure having not picked up a point - but there's pressure in every game.

"We'll go there and play our own game. We aren't going to change our game for anybody - except perhaps Brazil!

"We want to attack and score goals and that is what we will do against Slovakia."

I will throw anything. I played rugby at school but that's not my game. Too much contact

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Date:Oct 10, 2016
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