From Manchester United man Scott McTominay’s redemption in central defence to John McGinn’s tenacious battling – Scotland had a few great individual displays during their Israel success.

Whilst the 0-0 draw over 120 minutes was turgid, Steve Clarke’s men held their nerve to win the penalty shootout 5-3 and secure a match with Serbia next month in Euro 2020 play-off final competition.

It may not have been the prettiest game to watch but Scotland got the job done regardless. Here are three key men who stood out to NTOF on the night.

Scott McTominay

The Manchester United midfielder had a lot to prove in this match. Clarke seems intent on playing him as a centre-back in the 3-5-2 formation and last time out against Israel he didn’t look comfortable.

Bur this time around the Red Devil had clearly been studying his new role. Israel never had a sniff all night, McTominay winning all of his aerial duels and building play much more effectively from the back.

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Manchester United star McTominay featured well. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

John McGinn

The Aston Villa midfielder is hitting a real purple patch of form at the moment and shone again on international duty. Fresh off a goal and an assist in a 7-2 demolition of Liverpool, he ran the show in Scotland’s midfield.

He was constantly picking the ball up from deep and driving forward with the ball, one of Clarke’s only rays of attacking light. He remained calm too and scored one of the five successful spot kicks.

Declan Gallagher

Motherwell’s captain was slotted into the three at the back alongside McTominay and Liam Cooper, starring at the heart of. Gallagher put his body on the line on a number of occasions as Israel tried to batter the door down.


The Well skipper was impressive. (Photo by ANDY BUCHANAN/AFP via Getty Images)

Up the other end Gallagher got on the end of several crosses, unfortunate not to see someone pounce on them and convert an effort. In a game of this enormity, the Well skipper handled the occasion well.

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