Joey Barton has joked that Scott McTominay chose to represent Scotland over England because he "clearly wants summers off". The time has now come for the 21-year old from Lancaster, England to select what nation he will play for internationally.
The former England midfielder, who is now banned from football after breaching betting rules, added: "Maybe Manchester United and Fergie [Sir Alex Ferguson] have influenced it".
"I've never met them, but I have to believe the kid with his attitude towards the others and towards football, I believe the parents must be really good people that pass to him the right values".
And asked for his view, Barton said: "What's he playing at?"
According to multiple reports, McTominay has decided to choose his father's native land of Scotland over his own home country. "If he's got that, it'd be very hard for him to play for England".
He is expected to be named McLeish's squad for the games against Costa Rica and Hungary later this month.
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"It is not easy and then national team will be just a effect of his work at the club but I can't confirm at all that both national teams have contacted him".
I know you don't really sign players for the global team but England were interested in him, and it's fantastic he's chosen to play for Scotland. He's a fantastic young player and it's great for us as a country.
"Going forward, it's up to Alex McLeish, I've not spoken to him yet but I'm sure I will do in the near future and see what the plans are".
"I think Scott deserves more than what he is getting".
Naturally, due to a smaller talent pool and less competition, he is more likely to play matches for Scotland, but this won't have been the only factor he considered.