Scott McTominay.

McTominay ruled out of key Scotland clash

Monday 26 September 2022 14:45

Scott McTominay has withdrawn from the Scotland squad after being forced to miss the UEFA Nations League Group B1 decider against Ukraine.

The in-form Manchester United midfielder is suspended for the clash, which is being staged in Polish city Krakow, after picking up a late yellow card during the weekend win over Republic of Ireland.

Following on from his impressive showing against Ukraine last week, the United Academy product produced another eye-catching, combative display against The Boys in Green, but both he and Jason Knight were booked for a late flare-up, with only three minutes remaining of a 2-1 triumph for the Scots.

It is a blow to Scotland, who need a point from the Tuesday's meeting with Ukraine to ensure promotion to the top tier of the international competition.

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“It’s disappointing, for something that happened so late in the game," lamented Scotland boss Steve Clarke. "But we have plenty of cover, many midfield players, if it has to be Ryan Jack or Kenny McLean, we have good bodies to go into the midfield.

“It’s a blow to lose Scott because he is good for us but it’s a great chance for someone to play in a fantastic game.”

McTominay has earned praise from Reds boss Erik ten Hag for his consistency in the Reds' midfield.

Scott has responded magnificently to the challenge posed by the arrival of another new face who operates in a similar position, the much-decorated Casemiro, and will be hoping to face Manchester City in the derby on Sunday.

The 25-year-old scored a never-to-be-forgotten goal against the Blues in 2020, in our last match before Covid hit, but will be wary of picking up another suspension as he is one caution away from a fifth domestic booking of the campaign, which would incur a one-game ban.