Scotland duo Grant Hanley and Kenny McLean will be Premier League players next season after Norwich City confirmed their promotion out of the English Championship.
The Canaries were relegated from England’s top flight last season but the Scotland pair have played key roles in an immediate return. Saturday’s 3-1 loss over Bournemouth wasn’t enough to stop them from securing their promotion, a boost for Hanley and McLean ahead of Euro 2020 this summer.
Manager Daniel Farke said of the achievement: “Of course we returned to the dressing room disappointed with a loss. We were buzzing during the afternoon after we were promoted so no-one can take my good mood away. We’ve achieved something extraordinary and written another chapter of Norwich City history.
“What these lads have done is outstanding, especially during a season when we played in empty stadiums. Carrow Road should be fully packed and playing without our supporters next to us is difficult to change the mindset from losing games to a winning mentality.
“No other team has responded with direct promotion after relegation. We’ve developed a lot as a club in the last two years and we go up in a better position. The lads deserve all the praise and celebrations tonight.
“First of all, let us enjoy the moment a bit and not be too concerned about the next step. We will worry about this topic when there’s time. Right now, we are promoted and you can not promote twice in a season so the main topic is done.”
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