Despite only learning about his talent this season, McLeish reckons he is worthy of his place.
‚ÄúI didn‚Äôt really know too much about Nathan before I arrived last summer,‚ÄĚ he said. ‚ÄúHe had been away with the England Under-20 squad at their age-group World Cup.
‚ÄúI spoke to the England coaches to try to get as much information about him as possible.
‚ÄúI also spoke to Kevin MacDonald and Gordon Cowans about what level he was at nearer the start of the season and they felt Nathan still had an improvement to make before he could really challenge for a first-team place.
‚ÄúHe‚Äôs very limpet-like when he‚Äôs marking and opposition players can‚Äôt shake him off so he‚Äôs showed a lot of commitment whenever I‚Äôve seen him."