Scott McTominay has only been off for two weeks – so he’s more than raring to go this campaign for Manchester United and Scotland.
Whilst he hasn’t played any pre-season games with the Red Devils as of yet, the midfielder will return to competitive action with Scotland tomorrow night as they face Israel at Hampden Park.
He was an unused substitute in Manchester United’s last match, a Europa League semi-final defeat to Sevilla. His last appearance was a brief substitute cameo against FC Kobenhavn six days previous.
But now back in the swing of things after a short break, McTominay is looking forward to the ‘honour’ of pulling on the Scotland shirt again.
“Football is football, you should just love what you are doing and you should just love your job,” said McTominay (Scotland National Team).
“For me it is exactly that. I love playing football and whenever you are injured, or might not be in the team, you are just desperate to play. And for me that is the most important thing, to keep your head down and keep working hard.
Playing for Scotland is such an honour for myself and all of my family, so it is a pleasure to be here.
Players will head into the Scotland camp with varying degrees of fitness. Some players, like those playing in the Scottish Premiership, are already well into their competitive seasons whilst others like McTominay haven’t kicked a ball in 20/21.
With such a short break in football these days, McTominay doesn’t think he’ll have a problem blowing off the cobwebs in Scotland’s Nations League double-header against Israel and Czech Republic.
“I’ve had a bit of time off with my friends and my family. I think it was two weeks after the Europa League semi-final.,” he said. “It is good to be back kicking a ball about. You miss it, whether it is two weeks or longer.
“You just can’t wait to get back with all of the boys again and obviously all the staff as well are brilliant. The [short] break was a strange time for everyone, you know. Everyone is sort of at different stages – some of the lads have had [Scottish] league matches, some have had friendly matches and some of us, like myself, have had nothing!
“But when it has come to training, everybody has been ready. We had a little loosener and then the work started properly in the lead up to the games.
“No, you don’t lose match sharpness [in two weeks]. It is just getting a feel for the ball and everything that is going on. Obviously it is a different set-up here so you are getting used to seeing the boys again, and being back with them. Everything is positive.”