Manchester United star, Scott McTominay, says he and his teammates are raring to go ahead of a winner-take-all Euro 2020 playoff clash between Scotland and Serbia in Belgrade [BBC Sport Scotland].
Scotland haven’t qualified for a major tournament since the 1998 World Cup in France but they are now just one win away from the European Championships.
Anticipation is building ahead of the game and after Steve Clarke’s side recorded a hat-trick of wins in October, there’s a real belief that a monumental achievement is near.
McTominay knows the pressure is on but thinks the players are well-prepared for the challenge that awaits them.
“I don’t think you really can put that into words, how much it would mean to all the people [to qualify],” he said [BBC Sport Scotland]. “I feel like, for us, we need to forget about that to a certain extent and just play it as a normal match.”
“It obviously starts with hard work at the start of the game and hopefully it ends with a lot of celebrations.
“I feel like we’re more than ready to go into a game like this. I feel like the squad at the minute is the best that it could be in terms of everybody really concentrating and focusing on what we have to do, the system we’ll play, the personnel that we’ve got. Everybody’s focused and ready to go.”
Manchester United fans are used to seeing McTominay operating in midfield, but he’s expected to start the playoff at centre-back, having been deployed there in each of Scotland’s last five matches.
Given that Serbia have a number of dangerous attacking players such as Aleksander Mitrovic and Dusan Tadic, he’ll need to perform well if his country are to stand a chance.
The game is taking place at the Rajko Mitic Stadium and kicks off at 19:45.