SCOTT McTOMINAY is ready to face Kazakhstan in Scotland’s Euro 2020 kick-off in Astana this afternoon brimming with confidence.
The versatile star could get the nod from international boss Alex McLeish to take a place in midfield as the nation looks for three points before travelling to face San Marino on Sunday.
And McTominay admits concerns over his Manchester United future have been dispelled by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer who arrived at his old club before the turn of the year.
The 22-year-old Old Trafford ace had been shuttled around the team under Jose Mourinho, often being asked to play centre-back.
However, the self-styled Portuguese ‘Special One’ was sacked by the Old Trafford outfit in December following a string of disappointing results that saw the team drop down the Premier League and out of contention for the title before the end of December.
But the player has now been utilised in his preferred central midfield position under caretaker boss Solskjaer, with his long-term future at the club reaffirmed with a new three-and-a-half-year contract signed in January.
McTominay, speaking to Sky Sports News, said: “There have been times when it’s been so, so tough, you’re playing out of position and you’re not quite sure exactly how you’re perceived and what your role is going forward.
“But now, having played a run of games under Ole, it’s been much better. We’ve had some amazing nights and big games, as well.
“I just want to keep learning.”
Solskjaer’s impact has left United’s players “playing with a smile on your face and enjoying football”, according to McTominay, and he believes there has been a similar response in Scotland’s camp to McLeish’s arrival.
The 6ft-plus anchorman added: “Everyone’s got that family bond and wants to do well for each other.”
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