Scots count on more McTominay goals as they look to write history

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Scots count on more McTominay goals as they look to write history

The 26-year-old midfielder scored seven goals in qualifying, just one less than England’s Harry Kane and one more than Norway’s Erling Haaland of Manchester City. As a result, he was named Scotland’s 2023 men’s player of the year.

Since Scott McTominay’s impressive performance in Scotland’s Euro 2024 qualifying campaign, he has become one of Manchester United’s most reliable players in an otherwise dreadful season for the Premier League team.

McTominay, known for his versatility to play in nearly any position, will take on a significant role at the finals in Germany. If Scotland is to make history by advancing from the group stage at a major tournament for the first time, much of the responsibility will rest on him.

The 26-year-old midfielder scored seven goals in qualifying, just one less than England’s Harry Kane and one more than Manchester City’s Norwegian striker Erling Haaland. He was honored with Scotland’s 2023 men’s player of the year award.

McTominay, born in Lancaster, England, but eligible to play for Scotland through his father, has scored a career-high seven league goals for United this season. He has 10 goals in all competitions, including a crucial one in a 4-3 FA Cup quarter-final win against Liverpool.

McTominay was called a “super sub” after coming on with three minutes left in a match against Brentford at Old Trafford in October. Manager Erik ten Hag was looking for a miracle, and McTominay delivered by scoring in the 93rd and 97th minutes to secure a 2-1 victory.

Despite frequently playing in Scotland’s defense during Euro 2020 and its lead-up, McTominay has shown his goal-scoring skills for both his club and country. He recently expressed his preference for playing as an attacking midfielder.

“The manager (Steve Clarke) asked me to help bring the ball into midfield and defend when needed,” McTominay said in late March. “I was fine with that.

“But I see myself as a number eight who likes to carry the ball, get into the box, and score goals.

“I’m not going to complain about where I play. Growing up in the Manchester United academy, I often played different positions for the team’s sake. I even played as a forward in the Under 21s, and I have fond memories of that.”

Scotland is competing in back-to-back European Championship finals for the first time since 1996 and aims to advance past the group stage for the first time in 11 major tournaments.

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