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Man United's McTominay handed maiden Scotland call-up

McTominay has impressed in Man United's midfield in recent weeks. Credit: PA

Manchester United midfielder Scott McTominay was one of six players handed their maiden Scotland call-ups as manager Alex McLeish named the first squad of his second spell in charge.

McTominay, Barnsley striker Oli McBurnie, Wolves left-back Barry Douglas, Hearts goalkeeper Jon McLaughlin, Hibernian midfielder Dylan McGeouch and Aberdeen defender Scott McKenna are all included.

McLeish also selected three more uncapped players for the friendlies against Costa Rica and Hungary later this month - Millwall goalkeeper Jordan Archer, Rangers winger Jamie Murphy and Fulham midfielder Kevin McDonald.

Page 2: 12:17McLeish urged the new call-ups to continue their club form and seize their chance at international level.

"It is a fresh start," he said. "There's a couple of the experienced players not in the squad but I know what they can do. I want to have a look at some other players.

"It's a couple of friendly games, it doesn't mean we will play friendly, but I certainly want to look at players who have been doing well for their clubs.

"We want them to play the way they have been playing for their clubs and try and challenge themselves to become even better."

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McLeish returns as Scotland manager

McLeish is back for a second spell as Scotland boss Credit: PA

Alex McLeish has been confirmed as the new Scotland manager.

The 59-year-old described his return to the role he vacated in November 2007 as a "tremendous honour".

In a statement released by the Scottish Football Association, McLeish added: "I am incredibly fortunate to have had the chance to lead my country already and I am immensely proud to be in this position for a second time."

McLeish replaces his former Scotland and Aberdeen team-mate, Gordon Strachan, who lost his job after the nation's exile from a major tournament passed the 20-year mark.

He said: "There is much to be positive about in Scottish football, with players playing at the highest level and promising talent breaking through.

"With Hampden Park as one of the host venues for Euro 2020 we have an amazing opportunity to showcase our talents to the world from our own back yard. I am relishing the challenge of leading us to a major tournament and I cannot wait to get started."

Laidlaw kicks Scotland to victory over France

Laidlaw scored 22 points. Credit: PA

Greig Laidlaw booted 22 points on his return to Scotland's starting line-up as Gregor Townsend's men kick-started their NatWest 6 Nations campaign with a 32-26 win over France.

The home side were under pressure to prove they were genuine contenders after being humiliated by Wales in last week's opener in Cardiff.

And they did just that, with tries from Sean Maitland and Huw Jones providing the perfect response after Teddy Thomas' blistering pace had twice cut them apart.

That left the game finely poised in the second half but Laidlaw - making his first Scotland start in a year - slotted over all eight of his kicks to breathe fresh life into Scottish championship hopes.

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