Scott: You live for this as a footballer

Thursday 13 June 2024 15:58

Scott McTominay says Scotland are ready to create history, as they prepare for the opening match of Euro 2024.

The Tartan Army face hosts Germany at Munich’s Allianz Arena in Friday night’s curtain-raiser, with kick-off set for 20:00 BST.

McTominay played an integral role in helping Steve Clarke’s men seal a place at a second straight Euros, scoring seven goals in qualification as Scotland finished runners-up behind Spain in Group A.

Now he’s feeling ready and recharged ahead of a huge night in his career.

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“I feel refreshed. I’ve had a good break, a short one after the FA Cup final and I’m raring to go,” he told Scotland’s official YouTube channel.

“These are the moments you live for as a football player and I want to take it all in my stride.

“Everything’s been good in the build-up. All the facilities are amazing and all the staff, everyone who has helped us while we’ve been in Germany have been top-drawer to be fair and I think the boys are ready to go and create some more history.

“You can never be too high in the lead-up to a game because you might fizzle out towards the back end of the week, but I’m calm, cool and ready to take it all in my stride and see how we get on.”

Scott was one of the standout players in UEFA’s qualifiers and, as Scotland look to spring a surprise on Julian Nagelsmann and his team, he has fond memories of another shock.

United’s no.39 scored a brace to beat Spain at Hampden Park, with the second proving particularly memorable for Scott, who is line to win his 50th cap in Bavaria.

“The second goal [against Spain] was probably one of my favourite goals I’ve ever scored, in terms of a historic night for Scotland,” he added.

“Kieran Tierney did unbelievable down the wing and, obviously, it’s moments like that we have to take advantage of in big games like against Germany, Switzerland and Hungary as well.”