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The internet reacts as Scott McTominay turns into the Scottish Ronaldo

By James Amey

Published: 21:52, 8 September 2023

Scott McTominay has turned into prime R9 for Scotland.  

The Manchester United midfielder has done it again for his national side, finding the back of the net against Cyprus to make it six goals in just five Euro 2024 qualifying matches.

The 26-year old is now the joint highest goalscorer in the competition alongside former teammate Romelu Lukaku and new teammate Rasmus Højlund and one ahead of the immortal Cristiano Ronaldo. With back-to-back braces against Cyprus and Spain back in March as well as individual strikes against Georgia and now Cyprus again, McTominay is just one goal away from equalling a long standing record for  the Tartan Army – the most goals scored in a calendar year this century.

The Scots currently sit top of Group A with a 100% record as they made it five wins from five in Larnaca thanks to goals from the aforementioned ‘McSauce’, John McGinn and a first strike in Scotland colours for defender Ryan Porteous. Their two goals in the opening 16 minutes was the quickest amount of time Scotland had scored twice in an away game in 54 years as they moved a whopping nine points clear of Spain in second (although they do have two games in hand).

Having featured at Euro 2020, the Scots are closing in on guaranteeing back-to-back appearances at the European Championships for just the second time in the country’s history after also achieving the feat back in 1992 and 1996. Only three sides have played five or more games in European qualifying so far and won every single game – Portugal, France and Scotland, which is incredible when you remember they are in a group with both Spain and Norway and they’ve conceded just one goal.

It’s a fantastic time to be a Scotland fan and here’s how the internet reacted to their victory and McTominay in particular.

The comparisons to some of the most famous names in world sport continued.

Manchester United were proud of their midfielder.

One account even went as far as saying that McSauce at striker would have been a better move for the Red Devils last season than the loan signing of Wout Weghorst.