The international break is over for another month and as Steve Clarke’s Scotland men head back to places such as Aberdeen, Manchester United and Motherwell, there’s plenty to smile about.
The national team secured three big victories. First of all it was a penalty shootout win over Israel to book a place in the Euro 2020 play-off final, followed by two wins in the Nations League over Slovakia and Czech Republic.
On what was a promising six days for Scotland, here are three of the top performers.
Manchester United midfielder Scott McTominay proved a few doubters wrong over these matches. Playing every minute of every match, the engine room ball-winner turned into an imperious centre-half.
If Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was paying attention, he may have found a new option in the heart of his Manchester United defence. McTominay lead by example with vocal displays that helped inspire Scotland to victory.
QPR’s bustling forward cemented himself as Scotland’s number one striker over this international break. His total for the national team now stands at two goals with one assist in five terrific outings.
He netted the winner against Slovakia and teed Ryan Fraser up for the deciding goal against Czech Republic. He’s the striker the nation has needed for some time now.
Aston Villa’s tenacious midfielder perhaps showed why he is the man to turn to for inspiration in Scotland colours. Whilst the whole team as a unit are performing brilliantly, McGinn brings star quality.
He can defend his own 18-yard box just as well as he can attack the opposition’s. Fans of the midfielder have known this for quite a while, but when it mattered most, McGinn showed his importance to Scotland.