Steve Clarke has provided a midfield boost for Scotland, saying that he hopes to have Aston Villa man John McGinn and Manchester United star Scott McTominay back for the Euro 2020 play-offs in March.

The pair have been sidelined with injury recently. McGinn has a fractured ankle whilst McTominay is recovering from knee ligament damage. They have been big misses for both Villa and United.

McTominay is a key Man United man now. (Photo by Ash Donelon/Manchester United via Getty Images)

With Scotland’s Euro 2020 play-offs looming in March, Clarke has provided hope. He says that he hopes to have both midfielders available for selection as well as Arsenal full-back Kieran Tierney.

Clarke told the Daily Record: “I am keeping my fingers crossed that the three mentioned  recover well and can be available in March.


“It will be close for all of them but always hopeful, never ruling anyone out at this stage. There is still a long time to go before we get to March.”

Quality cover for McGinn and McTominay

This would undoubtedly be a Scotland boost. McGinn and McTominay have been thriving with Aston Villa and Manchester United respectively this term and having them in the squad would be major.

Big boosts. (Photo by Neville Williams/Aston Villa FC via Getty Images)

That being said, Scotland do have good reinforcements in the engine room. Fellow Premier League stars like Stuart Armstrong, Kenny McLean and John Fleck are thriving right now.

Even domestically there is quality options. Callum McGregor and Ryan Jack have proven reliable before and could be utilised by Clarke.

There’s plenty of cover in the middle but having McGinn and McTominay back would give Clarke’s squad a lift.

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