Scott McTominay hailed the influence of former-Manchester United midfielder Darren Fletcher on his career so far.
Set to make his Scotland debut in the coming days after his first call-up to the senior side, McTominay admitted that Fletcher, who played for Scotland for many years, has helped him.
Playing for Man United from a young age, McTominay has seen Fletcher reach his peak at the club and leave to join West Brom, who he captained before signing for Stoke City.
“There are many players I have learned from but Darren was certainly one,” McTominay told the Scottish FA’s official website.
“He trained with us a couple of times when I was younger and I did look to him as a real role model and a leader at the football club.”
Fletcher is also known to have offered his help to young Scottish reserves midfielder Ethan Hamilton.
“It’s the same with Michael Carrick and people like that who’ve really helped me improve,” McTominay continued.
The 21-year-old said Fletcher had offered some guidance even after he left the club, as recently as when United faced Stoke this season.
“When we played Stoke earlier in the season, I spoke with Darren [Fletcher] and he was really good with me,” McTominay explained. “He just said ‘Keep going, keep doing what you’re doing and keep looking to improve every day by working hard.”
“They are the same messages I get every day from Jose Mourinho and from the boss here as well, Alex McLeish. I feel these messages are so important for me. I need to listen and hopefully I can do well for my club and my country.”