Scotland head coach Steve Clarke has received a timely boost with the confirmation of midfielder Scott McTominay’s return to the Manchester United first-team.

Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has named the Scotland international in his starting XI to face West Ham United in London this afternoon. McTominay has not played for club or country this month after an operation on a small groin problem.


McTominay’s back for Manchester United as Scotland are handed an early October boost on Sunday. (Photo by ANDY BUCHANAN/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

He has been back in full training for Manchester United this week after the procedure and now returns to competitive action. McTominay missed Scotland’s World Cup qualifiers against Denmark, Moldova and Austria this month.

Six points out of an available nine in these fixtures means Scotland head into October’s match with Israel knowing a win could set them on the road to a World Cup 2022 play-off spot. Clarke’s side are second in the group and victories over Israel, Moldova and Faroe Islands would all but secure a chance to fight for a place at Qatar’s World Cup.

Scotland’s six point-haul this month – which included an impressive away win over Austria – was made more impressive by Greg Taylor, James Forrest, Kevin Nisbet, John McGinn, Nathan Patterson, Stephen O’Donnell, Kenny McLean and Ryan Fraser all missing at least one match.

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