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Former Scotland worldwide striker James McFadden believes there is a huge future in the country's shirt for Manchester United youngster Scott McTominay.

McTominay qualifies for Scotland through his grandparents, but had resisted attempts to persuade him to pledge his allegiance to the Scots, preferring instead to focus on establishing himself in the senior squad at Old Trafford.

"You've got the majority of the ball (playing for United) and sometimes (with Scotland) that's not going to be the case", Fletcher told BBC Scotland's Sportsound. He's a great guy, and he gets the best out of players.

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. It's a bit of both - I want them both to do well".

"We have to realise he's a young lad, he's playing for Manchester United and he's going to have a great future, but at the same time it's a totally different game playing for Scotland. It sounds like his father has picked it more than 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. "I think being in that sort of environment and being willing to do that speaks volumes".

"Last season, he was nearly leaving the club to go somewhere". Speaking to MUTV, he said: "Because it looks like England is missing him, if I was Alex McLeish, the first thing I would do would be to come to me".

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.

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