Scott McTominay can add to Scotland’s firepower: Hendry

Thursday, Jun 13, 2024

EDINBURGH: Former Scotland captain Colin Hendry believes Scott McTominay could be the answer to his country’s lack of firepower at Euro 2024.

Scotland head coach Steve Clarke, whose side face hosts Germany in Munich on Friday in the tournament’s opening game, lost QPR’s Lyndon Dykes and Liverpool’s uncapped Ben Doak from his provisional 28-man squad.

Southampton’s Che Adams, Hearts’ Lawrence Shankland and Bristol City’s late call-up Tommy Conway are Scotland’s out-and-out strikers and have nine international goals between them.

Hendry, who skippered Scotland at the 1998 World Cup, told the PA news agency: “I’m not saying this is going to happen, definitely not, but I wouldn’t be averse to seeing Scott McTominay at some stage up alongside Che Adams.

“Adams will probably be the striker to start and McTominay will probably be in close attendance to him, trying to get goals for us.

“If anything happens, Scott McTominay playing 10-15 minutes up there as a striker – he’s been a massive player for Man United this season.”

McTominay ended the Euro 2024 qualifiers as the tournament’s joint-fifth leading scorer with seven goals – one behind Harry Kane.

The versatile Manchester United midfielder also had a brilliant free-kick controversially ruled out by VAR in Seville against Group A rivals Spain last October.

Hendry says he cannot understand why McTominay gets targeted for criticism by a section of United fans. “Living in Chorley, I have mates who are Man United fans and they all crow about (Bruno) Fernandes and Casemiro, but I say ‘look at your academy lad, he’s your saviour. He’s the one who has looked after you’,” Hendry said.

“He’s been tried and tested and is certainly trusted in the Scotland set-up. That ‘goal’ in Spain alone – there’s no doubt, he’s a big player for us.

“And maybe that is a big plus for Steve Clarke in relation to selecting so many defenders and midfielders because maybe he has got an eye on something like playing McTominay higher up.” Hendry made 51 appearances for his country between 1993-2001 and won the Premier League title with Blackburn in 1995.

He was the bedrock for Scotland when they failed to get out of their group at both Euro 96 and the 1998 World Cup and despite the lack of a proven international goalscorer in Germany, he has tipped Clarke’s side to progress.