Alex McLeish has confirmed Scott McTominay will be part of the Scotland squad to take on Costa Rica and Hungary, with the youngster showing he has the “passion” to represent his country on the international stage.
Manchester United midfielder McTominay had a decision to make regarding whether he would push to represent England in this summer’s World Cup in Russia, or whether he would accept a direct rout into the Scotland set-up.
And while it’s understood ex-United manager Sir Alex Ferguson may have played a role in convincing McTominay to play for Scotland, McLeish has confirmed the moment he knew the 21-year-old was ready for the call-up.
Speaking with Sky Sports News this afternoon, the former Rangers manager admitted he looked the youngster in the eye and saw a passion for playing for Scotland:
Alex McLeish confirms @ManUtd's Scott McTominay will be called into his Scotland squad for upcoming friendlies – and talks about his discussions with @CelticFC captain Scott Brown, who has retired from international football. #SSN pic.twitter.com/ph0DNF8RtZ
— Sky Sports Scotland (@ScotlandSky) March 9, 2018
McLeish added that McTominay will have to play in a competitive fixture before it’s rubber stamped that he will become a big part of Scotland’s future.
However, while the media seem to be particularly high on McTominay following a string of strong performances down south under Jose Mourinho, McLeish insisted it Scott Brown’s international retirement is still a massive blow.
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