Former Scotland star James McFadden has analysed an emotional six days for the national team, giving his take on Motherwell captain Declan Gallagher and Manchester United man Scott McTominay.
The national team secured tournament football for the first time since 1998 last week, beating Serbia on penalties. Nations League disappointment has come though, failing to achieve promotion from League A to B after Manor Salomon left the Manchester United midfielder on his heels before firing into the net.
It secured a 1-0 win for Israel over Scotland in a fifth meeting between the side’s since October 2018.
Whilst this was a disappointing end to the triple-header after a win in Belgrade and 1-0 loss to Slovakia, McFadden is reflecting positively, analysing Manchester United midfielder-turned defender McTominay’s performance.
“It’s disappointing to end in defeat but overall the aim for this week was to get to the Euro’s,” said McFadden (Sky Sports). “We got there, it was magic, but it was disappointing not to seal that top spot.
“Overall we should be delighted we are going to the Euro’s. We know that Israel have quality attacking players. They are a good side.
“Solomon does a nice little chop on Scott McTominay. I’m not sure what else he can do. He maybe just opens up his body shape.
“As soon as he steps onto his right foot, he opens his left shoulder and kind of sells himself. He’s shown him down the line but gets a bit flat-footed and Solomon takes a great touch and smashes it past David Marshall.”
McFadden has also praised Motherwell skipper Gallagher after his performances against Serbia and Israel in the middle of Steve Clarke’s back three: “Declan Gallagher has been a rock.
“He’s been absolutely brilliant every time he’s played for Scotland. He brings a threat as well.”