Manchester United’s Donald Love is committed to Scotland

Donald Love en route to France for the Scotland under-21 international. Picture: Craig Williamson/SNS
Donald Love en route to France for the Scotland under-21 international. Picture: Craig Williamson/SNS
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Donald Love has insisted he’s committed to Scotland and is determined to force his way back into Louis van Gaal’s side after his breakthrough last month.

The right-back will line up for Ricky Sbragia’s Scotland Under-21s against France in Angers tonight, although the Scots, currently fourth in their group face an uphill battle to qualify.

Love broke into the Old Trafford side last month and played two games before a thigh injury hampered his progress.

Love said: “It’s not really hit me yet. It’s been a bit of a whirlwind. I learned a lot from it. It was a dream come true. The manager told me to go out and play like I did for the 21s. That’s what I did and I thought we did well. But we lost the game to two set pieces. He told me after the Sunderland game I’d done well and that I was one of the better players. That gives your confidence a boost.

Signed by Sir Alex Ferguson and nurtured as a youth by ex-Old Trafford youth chief and now SFA performance director Brian McClair, Love’s destiny has always been to play for United and Scotland. And there’s no doubting his commitment to the Scotland cause too, despite also being eligible for England.

Love recalled: “I’m totally committed to Scotland and have been since I first played for them at 16. Sir Alex offered me my first professional contract so it’s a huge confidence boost when you get it from someone like him. Now I want to repay him.”

Love has confidence in his team-mates, such as Ryan Gauld, Jason Cummings and Barrie McKay for tonight, despite facing a multi-talented French side.

He said: “If we go and play the way we can, then we can beat France. Even if we come away with a point it would be OK. The group is still open. If we get a win and then beat Northern Ireland we’re right in it.”