Scotland must play to Scott McTominay's strengths in order have the best chance of progressing into the Euro 2024 knockout stages.

That's according to former Everton and Manchester United boss, David Moyes, who believes the Red Devils midfielder is crucial to Scotland's success and utilising him further up the pitch will aid their chances of shooting down Hungary. 

The 27-year-old, who began life in the national team as a centre-back, has scored eight goals in his past 14 games for Scotland, including a deflected effort during the 1-1 draw against Switzerland on Wednesday.

Should Steve Clarke's men win their final Group A match then it should be enough to guarantee progression into the last 16. 

"Get Scott McTominay in the Hungary box," insisted Moyes. "That has to happen as much as possible if Scotland are going to get the result they need in their last game in Group A.

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"In the past couple of years, the Manchester United man has been really important to Scotland because he can play in several different roles.

"It was not too long ago that McTominay was as used as centre-half under Steve Clarke for a period but, more recently, he has played higher up the pitch – which is where I feel you get the best out of him.

"When I watch him, it is his goals that stand out. He has got plenty of them for club and country in big games in the past few months, so many that it makes me think that he might end up being Scotland’s top scorer.

"At the moment that is definitely the part of his game that we need the most.

"Scotland have not really offered much of a threat so far at Euro 2024 and McTominay gives us the best chance of doing that on Sunday, in a game we probably need to win to reach the last 16."

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Moyes couldn't help but wax lyrical about McTominay and even admitted trying to sign him for West Ham United last season.

He told BBC Sport: "Lots of managers have hard luck stories about players that get away and McTominay is one of those for me because I tried to sign him for West Ham last summer.

"It was always going to be hard to replace Declan Rice with any one player when he joined Arsenal, and we were not planning to do that - we wanted to bring in a couple of midfielders instead.

"We bought two really good players in James Ward-Prowse and Edson Alvarez, so that was the cover, but Scott was certainly one of the players we had a big interest in as well.

"He is a good all-round midfielder, but to me his best attributes are arriving in the area, or the edges of it, at the right time to score or make some chances.

"McTominay was a player who I felt I needed at the time, but we didn’t quite get it over the line and he went on to score a lot of big goals for Manchester United last season instead.

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"We've already seen how dangerous McTominay is at this tournament. I know it was deflected, but he scored a really good goal against Switzerland and then had a late volley blocked as well.

"But of course there is a balance to be had between his attacking and defensive play. He can do the other side of things well too and in Wednesday’s draw with Switzerland, he was given the job of picking up Granit Xhaka.

"On commentary, we did not talk about Xhaka much on the night, compared to in their opening game when he had been so influential against Hungary.

"So, credit to McTominay for doing that, and I felt his stature and his presence played a big part."