No sooner had he declared that his national allegiances lie with Scotland, Manchester United midfielder Scott McTominay has found himself thrust into the breach.
The 21-year-old was eligible to play for either England or Scotland (via his grandparents) at international level, but opted for the latter recently.
Less than a week later, Alex McLeish has reportedly all but confirmed that McTominay has been included in his first squad as new Scotland boss, for the upcoming friendly against Costa Rica on 23rd March.
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Coming via Sky Sports News, McLeish is quoted as saying:
He (McTominay) will be in the squad. I don’t think that’s the world’s best kept secret at this particular moment.
Scott was very receptive. I looked him in the eye and he gave me passion about playing for Scotland. I saw the passion and I really felt that we had nailed it that day.
Of course he has to play a competitive game but if we can get him playing in the friendlies, he can see what it’s all about.
We can hopefully have some good performances. Obviously winning is the big thing and then Scott can be a part of it.
He’s had some great games with Jose Mourinho at Manchester United. He’s only 21, he’s not got all the answers — I’m 59, at my last count, and I’ve not got all the answers but hopefully he’ll get more right than wrong.
The official squad announcement isn’t due until Monday, but it looks like McTominay – who has only made 10 starts as a senior pro and wasn’t totally set on being Scottish until five days ago – will be in line to make his debut at Hampden Park.
Talk about a rapid rise!