McTominay collects top national-team award

Saturday 16 March 2024 09:59

Scott McTominay is looking forward to achieving more with Scotland, after picking up his award for the men's national team Player of the Year.

The Manchester United midfielder was presented with the trophy at Carrington by Darren Fletcher this week, after beating off competition from the likes of John McGinn, Andy Robertson and Callum McGregor.

It was just reward for his outstanding efforts and provides a fillip ahead of our big Emirates FA Cup quarter-final tie with Liverpool on Sunday.

Fletcher described the accolade as being "thoroughly deserved" and said he was looking forward to going to the Euro 2024 finals in Germany to help wish the nation he captained the best of luck.

Fletch x Scott at Carrington Video

Fletch x Scott at Carrington

Award-winner Scott McTominay is congratulated by Darren Fletcher and says the banter has started with Bruno already...

McTominay enjoyed a fabulous year for the national team and was a key reason why Steve Clarke's side qualified for the big tournament this summer.

The homegrown Red scored seven times, including a memorable double against eventual group winners Spain at Hampden Park.

However, he is still upset his excellent strike away to Spain was controversially disallowed by VAR!

"Obviously, to win something like this, the Scotland men's Player of the Year, is amazing," he said. "We've had a good season, in terms of the results we've had and obviously getting to the Euros, and now we want to kick on and do well from here.

"There were a few [highlights]. I had the goal in Spain that was disallowed and it's probably my favourite ever goal I've not scored! So I'd probably say the other two goals against Spain. It was a historic night for us all, what we want more of them to come hopefully in the future, so we can kick on and show we are capable of beating teams as good as Spain." 

McTominay was keen to stress it has been a team effort for Scotland and will continue to be so, as they eagerly await the European Championship finals opener with the hosts Germany on 14 June.

"It was just the happiness and delight of all the players and coaching staff," he said of the achievement. "Everyone together to get to a major tournament and we all contributed equally to get there. Obviously, I'm the fortunate one who's got this award but it comes down to everyone really. I'm just delighted on behalf of everyone at Scotland."

And, looking further ahead, the banter has already started with United skipper Bruno Fernandes after Portugal were placed in Scotland's UEFA Nations League group.

"That happened a while ago," laughed Scott. "I'm sure as he found out the fixtures! He was saying he can't wait to play me but I'm sure he might be surprised!"