Stephen Halliday: Return of Scott McTominay can boost Scotland’s Euro hopes

The standing ovation Scott McTominay received when he left the pitch with 20 minutes remaining at Old Trafford on Thursday night would have been music to the ears of Scotland manager Steve Clarke.

Manchester United's Scott McTominay celebrates scoring his side's third goal against Club Brugge. Picture: Martin Rickett/PA Wire
Manchester United's Scott McTominay celebrates scoring his side's third goal against Club Brugge. Picture: Martin Rickett/PA Wire

Manchester United midfielder McTominay’s return to action after a two-month injury lay-off gathered pace with an impressive display and sweetly taken goal in the 5-0 Europa League demolition of 
Bruges.

It is a measure of the 23-year-old’s progress that his recent absence was lamented so keenly by the United support. McTominay, inset, will hopefully be back to optimum form and fitness by the time Scotland’s Euro 2020 play-off semi-final against Israel at Hampden comes around in just over three weeks’ time.

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If John McGinn can make a similarly positive comeback with Aston Villa, then Clarke’s outlook will be altogether more optimistic.

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