Scott McTominay considers each European Qualifier is a cup before Scotland’s fixtures against Belgium and Russia this past week.
Steve Clarke’s team sit fourth in Group I points after defeats to Kazakhstan and Monday’s competitions Belgium, but the Manchester United midfielder insists Scotland can qualify.
He explained:”You just need to take every game as a cup final, and it’s vitally important for us to keep building on the progress we have shown beneath the new gaffer and I really feel like it has two large games where you are able to look at it in two distinct ways.
“it is a must-win and it is undoubtedly a must-not drop too, so I feel just like you must take responsibility on the pitch first and foremost.
“We’re not going to settle for something less than individuals having a ideal go, but obviously that is up to the manager and the coaching staff with how they put up us and the various ways they need to approach the match.”
McTominay says that players are beginning to embrace the adjustments Clarke has made at the helm, and his impact is one he is currently looking forward to.
He added:”It’s vitally important for us to keep building on the progress we have shown under the new gaffer.
“All of the players have fully bought into everything that he’s saying, and all his ways on and off the pitch are all distinct and it is always really favorable to have somebody of the size managing the national team and it is thrilling.”
The 22-year-old, that has started all four of United’s Premier League matches this season, says he plans to continue improving for the club and country, as well as claiming that results for United so far haven’t been exactly what the staff have deserved.
“For myself I’ve just been concentrating on playing as much football as I possibly can, and studying as far as I can from the coaching staff, both in my parent team and in Scotland too,” McTominay explained.
“It’s exciting times for me but it’s just about keeping a level head and needing to keep progressing at the way that you’re moving.”
He continued:”I feel as though we have been unfortunate with some of the outcomes that we’ve had, and clearly I am now aware I am an international plus they’re the matches that I’m solely focused on in this instant in time.
“However, at heart level we’ve been unlucky with a couple of decisions and a few ways that the outcomes of the matches have gone, but as I say it is important for all of us to return to a flying start with Scotland too.”