Scott McTominay vows Scotland will rise to occasion against Hungary as hero opens up on Swiss own goal debate

SCOTT McTOMINAY has vowed Scotland will rise to the occasion against Hungary on Sunday. Steve Clarke’s side need to win their final Group A game if they are to make history by qualifying for the knockout stages. GettyMcTominay’s effort found a way in via a deflection[/caption] GettyThe Man Utd midfielder reckons Scots are in a good place before facing Hungary[/caption] McTominay scored in Wednesday’s 1-1 draw against Switzerland, to set up the do-or-die clash with the Hungarians. And the Scotland hero roared: “We have to take the positives and really push for it now. “This is what you play football for, nights when you leave it all out on the pitch, when you just have to go out and win. Roll on Hungary! If we can keep up the belief, the hunger and the desire from the other night, then we can beat them. I’m pretty sure we will do it.” Clarke’s squad settled back into rainy Garmisch-Partenkirchen yesterday as they recovered from facing Switzerland. Backed by a phenomenal Tartan Army, Scotland buried the pain of Friday’s 5-1 defeat to Germany with a much-improved performance in Cologne. Manchester United star McTominay admits they did not do themselves justice in that Munich opener. But he hailed Scotland’s approach against the Swiss, as they gained the point to keep them in the hunt for a last-16 place. McTominay added: “We all know that in the first game we were passive, we were slow, and that just isn’t us. “We know now what we’re capable of doing. We have a real energy within the group. “We are capable of pushing teams high up the park, and I felt that was very important in the match in Cologne. “It got us on the front foot early on and made sure Switzerland didn’t get an easy night.” McTominay hit seven goals in the Euro 2024 qualifiers, and was once again Scotland’s talisman against the Swiss. He finished off a superb counter-attack when he converted Callum McGregor’s cutback to put Clarke’s side ahead. Uefa initially declared it as a Fabian Schar OG — before later awarding it to McTominay. The Scotland midfielder welcomed his stroke of luck, and was gutted he didn’t grab a second after the break. He said: “My goal was very fortunate, even if it wasn’t an OG because the shot was on target. Ralston's Reprieve By GORDON STRACHAN THERE are 26 players in the Switzerland squad. Tony Ralston had the misfortune to pass the ball to the only one who could find the top corner from 20 yards without breaking stride. The Scotland wing-back endured a horrible moment with his first-half mistake in Wednesday’s 1-1 draw. But can we just take a second to talk about Xherdan Shaqiri’s finish? It was magnificent — a one in a hundred hit. Ralston was unlucky to misplace his pass and was DEFINITELY unlucky Shaqiri was the man to pounce on it. If that was me running on to that ball on my right foot, I would never have attempted the shot. Most players would take a touch or try to dribble through on goal. Not Shaqiri. It was one of the best strikes of the veteran Switzerland forward’s career. Sometimes you get away with mistakes like that. Jack Hendry and Kieran Tierney misplaced passes back to Angus Gunn in the first half, and nothing came of it. Ralston’s error was punished, and it was a tough one for him in such a big game. But whatever you say about that kid, his character and workrate can never be questioned. If you had asked me five years ago if I expected Ralston to be out there starting for Scotland at a major finals, I’d have said no. How did he get there? It was all down to attitude. He worked hard and never gave up. Read Gordon Strachan’s exclusive Euro 2024 column in full HERE “For me, it’s about arriving in the box and making things happen. “I did it again second half and was unlucky with a volley. If Che Adams hadn’t got in the way, it could have been a goal!” Switzerland levelled through Xherdan Shaqiri and had further openings through Dan Ndoye. But McTominay reckons Scotland could also have edged it. He added: “Grant Hanley hit the post and we had other chances.“We had good moments in the second half. We were patient and we pressed them well. It was so much better.” Keep up to date with ALL the latest news and transfers at the Scottish Sun football page

Scott McTominay vows Scotland will rise to occasion against Hungary as hero opens up on Swiss own goal debate

SCOTT McTOMINAY has vowed Scotland will rise to the occasion against Hungary on Sunday.

Steve Clarke’s side need to win their final Group A game if they are to make history by qualifying for the knockout stages.

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McTominay’s effort found a way in via a deflection[/caption]
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The Man Utd midfielder reckons Scots are in a good place before facing Hungary[/caption]

McTominay scored in Wednesday’s 1-1 draw against Switzerland, to set up the do-or-die clash with the Hungarians.

And the Scotland hero roared: “We have to take the positives and really push for it now.

“This is what you play football for, nights when you leave it all out on the pitch, when you just have to go out and win. Roll on Hungary! If we can keep up the belief, the hunger and the desire from the other night, then we can beat them. I’m pretty sure we will do it.”

Clarke’s squad settled back into rainy Garmisch-Partenkirchen yesterday as they recovered from facing Switzerland.

Backed by a phenomenal Tartan Army, Scotland buried the pain of Friday’s 5-1 defeat to Germany with a much-improved performance in Cologne.

Manchester United star McTominay admits they did not do themselves justice in that Munich opener.

But he hailed Scotland’s approach against the Swiss, as they gained the point to keep them in the hunt for a last-16 place.

McTominay added: “We all know that in the first game we were passive, we were slow, and that just isn’t us.

“We know now what we’re capable of doing. We have a real energy within the group.

“We are capable of pushing teams high up the park, and I felt that was very important in the match in Cologne.

“It got us on the front foot early on and made sure Switzerland didn’t get an easy night.”

McTominay hit seven goals in the Euro 2024 qualifiers, and was once again Scotland’s talisman against the Swiss.

He finished off a superb counter-attack when he converted Callum McGregor’s cutback to put Clarke’s side ahead.

Uefa initially declared it as a Fabian Schar OG — before later awarding it to McTominay.

The Scotland midfielder welcomed his stroke of luck, and was gutted he didn’t grab a second after the break.

He said: “My goal was very fortunate, even if it wasn’t an OG because the shot was on target.

Ralston's Reprieve

By GORDON STRACHAN

THERE are 26 players in the Switzerland squad.

Tony Ralston had the misfortune to pass the ball to the only one who could find the top corner from 20 yards without breaking stride.

The Scotland wing-back endured a horrible moment with his first-half mistake in Wednesday’s 1-1 draw.

But can we just take a second to talk about Xherdan Shaqiri’s finish?

It was magnificent — a one in a hundred hit.

Ralston was unlucky to misplace his pass and was DEFINITELY unlucky Shaqiri was the man to pounce on it.

If that was me running on to that ball on my right foot, I would never have attempted the shot.

Most players would take a touch or try to dribble through on goal.

Not Shaqiri. It was one of the best strikes of the veteran Switzerland forward’s career.

Sometimes you get away with mistakes like that.

Jack Hendry and Kieran Tierney misplaced passes back to Angus Gunn in the first half, and nothing came of it.

Ralston’s error was punished, and it was a tough one for him in such a big game.

But whatever you say about that kid, his character and workrate can never be questioned.

If you had asked me five years ago if I expected Ralston to be out there starting for Scotland at a major finals, I’d have said no.

How did he get there? It was all down to attitude. He worked hard and never gave up.

Read Gordon Strachan’s exclusive Euro 2024 column in full HERE

“For me, it’s about arriving in the box and making things happen.

“I did it again second half and was unlucky with a volley. If Che Adams hadn’t got in the way, it could have been a goal!”

Switzerland levelled through Xherdan Shaqiri and had further openings through Dan Ndoye.

But McTominay reckons Scotland could also have edged it.

He added: “Grant Hanley hit the post and we had other chances.
“We had good moments in the second half. We were patient and we pressed them well. It was so much better.”

Keep up to date with ALL the latest news and transfers at the Scottish Sun football page