After falling down the pecking order, the Man United midfielder has only played for seven minutes this season.
Despite Scott McTominay’s limited playing time this season for Manchester United under Erik ten Hag, Scotland boss Steve Clarke has no reservations about using him.
The 26-year-old has only made two brief Premier League outings for United and has only played seven minutes total. There was a strong possibility that he would have been traded this summer. Nevertheless, despite interest from Fulham, West Ham, and other teams, the academy graduate stayed.
With the addition of Mason Mount and Sofyan Amrabat from Fiorentina, United have increased their options in the engine room. In the midfield pecking order, McTominay also behind Casemiro, Christian Eriksen, and Bruno Fernandes.
However, Clarke has spoken with McTominay about the circumstance and pushed him to find solace in the experiences of two Scotland teammates, Billy Gilmour and Kieran Tierney, who have faced a comparable circumstance with Brighton and Arsenal while maintaining their places in the national side.
I’ve already had a few chats with Scott about how the season might turn out, said Clarke. Similar to Kieran [Tierney] from the previous year. When they are at a club but aren’t playing much, it’s crucial that they put in a lot of training and practice so that when they do get the minutes, they can succeed as much as possible.
“Everyone is unique. Billy and Kieran will handle it differently than Scott, but as long as they continue to represent Scotland in the same manner, we should be content.
In a small way, it vindicates my choice to keep Billy actively involved, Clarke continued. We trust you and know you’ll turn things around, so I just wanted to keep him on the team and keep him participating.
“He has done that [at Brighton]. For Billy and for both of us, I’m thrilled.