Former Scottish Football Association chief executive Stewart Regan believes the likes of Liverpool left-back Andy Robertson and Manchester United midfielder Scott McTominay can drive Scotland on to Euro 2020 success.
The Liverpool and Manchester United pair will be viewed as key players for Steve Clarke’s side in Scotland’s first major tournament since 1998. The nation faces Czech Republic, England and Croatia as Clarke looks to guide Scotland out of a tricky group.
Regan – who served as SFA chief executive for eight years between 2010-2018 – tells NTOF he believes Scotland can surprise a few with their Premier League names: “It’s quite a young squad now. We wanted to have players playing at the highest levels of the game.
“We wanted players to reach their potential by playing the very best players in the world and we wanted them to play in the best six leagues in the world. When you look at Andy Robertson (Liverpool), Kieran Tierney (Arsenal), Scott McTominay (Manchester United), and now Billy Gilmour (Chelsea), there’s guys playing for some of the biggest clubs in the world.
“For them to qualify for the Euros, it’s fantastic. They’ll get to showcase their skills and I think they will put on a really good show. I think it is going to be very tight. The smart money would be on England (to get out the group) with all their superstar players.
“You would think they will come out on top. But I would hope Scotland surprise a few people. I would love them to put up a good showing and if they don’t get out the group, it won’t be for the want of trying.”
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