Scott McTominay slams ‘disgraceful’ Georgia players for ‘rolling around crying like babies’ all afternoon as Scotland played out a 2-2 draw.
It was substitute Lawrence Shankland who scored a stoppage-time equaliser to rescue a late draw at Georgia in Euro 2024 qualifier.
Napoli’s Khvicha Kvaratskhelia netted twice for the hosts; while Manchester United midfielder Scott McTominay got his seventh goal of the qualifying campaign.
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Scott McTominay told Viaplay: “Every game at this level is big, and obviously they have got some really, really good footballers but tonight I thought the way they were acting was a disgrace in terms of provoking the referee as well.
“Anyway, that’s football and that’s sometimes the way it goes. We have to keep our heads but it’s difficult.
“There’s some disappointed people in the dressing room but I feel like it’s something we can build on after coming back twice.
“They should do something about people pretending that they’re injured when they’re not.
“It’s a difficult one to call but rolling around, crying like babies all afternoon is not football.
“For us we just wanted to get on with the game and play and do our best. Whereas the other side was provoking the referee a lot.”
“The substitutes made a big difference,” McTominay added to Viaplay. “That’s what the manager demands when you do go out on the pitch. You show something and you bring something additional to the team.
“All of the guys who came on made a big impact and Shanks scored a brilliant goal.
“For us, we’ve had some really good nights and we’ll also have some not-so-good nights when we don’t play quite as well.
“It’s important on the nights that we don’t play as well that we still stick together and try not to lose and most definitely try to win.”
Asked if complacency had set in after already qualifying for the tournament, McTominay replied: “Do you know what, not at all.
“The messages we’ve had since we’ve been away have been more of a firm talking to in terms of ‘Come on, we need to wake up again, we’ve lost three games in a row against England, Spain and France’.”
Scotland boss Steve Clarke said, as per Sky Sports: “That’s one of the challenges when you come here, you know they will do everything they can to get a positive result.
“You have to react to that. We have to make sure we control ourselves and don’t get involved, don’t encourage any sort of shenanigans.
“We just kept going, kept plugging away, we knew there was going to be extra time because now they have a better handle on time wasted, and it was nice to score in injury time.
“When you are going into the last 10 minutes, and knowing we would get a lot of injury time because Georgia spent a lot of time on the floor, we knew there was time left.
“We needed a goal and you know Lawrence has always got a chance of getting a goal. I am delighted for Lawrence and delighted for the team as well.”
Shankland’s last-gasp goal ended a run of three defeats and a losing run in Tbilisi.
“If you can’t win the game, don’t lose,” Clarke said. “We did that and showed good character to come from behind twice here in a difficult place.
“Georgia are a good team with one exceptional player in Kvaratskhelia. He got two great goals and made it difficult for our defenders.
“Overall we got lots of shots on goal, we could have been a little bit more clinical, only five on target with the 16 or 17 shots we had. But we showed resilience and it was important not to lose.
“We knew coming here would be tough. Scotland had been here twice before and didn’t score, lost both games. So we knew it would be a tough game.
“We wanted to come here and hopefully get back to winning ways, but we have broken that run of defeats and we will look to build on that in the Norway game on Sunday. We will look to finish with a good performance and a home win.”
This is what fans said after Scott McTominay slams ‘disgraceful’ Georgia players for ‘rolling around crying like babies’…
@ketters84: Yet he’s happy to play with Bruno Fernandes
@rossmclean87: This man is an absolute god. Call them out 🏴🏴
@seagull1901: Has he met Bruno Fernandez
@rpm_1605: Well said Scott McTominay!! Maybe listen to this @UEFA. Better refs required!!
@Love2Brido: greed – UEFA/FIFA should show this whole game to referees to demonstrate how not to get conned by players gamesmanship antics – 🇬🇪 were an utter disgrace.
@Stekelly98: And yet he’ll happily watch fernandes do it most weeks
@DJAirdrie: Say it as it is, Scotty. Well in
@ewan__01: Hit the nail on the head there. Not an excuse for not winning but the way Georgia’s players went about the game was a joke and the referee should’ve caught onto it
@DavidsonEwen: Good for him. Saying it, as it is.
@LeeManvell: I suggest McTominay has a word with his club captain as well then.
@cc61wolf: You’ve literally got John McGinn in your team
@SteveBuss2: Says a Man U player.
@zippy30: Spot on absolute disgrace that lot and the officials tonight
@anniekmc2012: Good for you @mctominay10 the gamesmanship of some teams and their players is getting ridiculous. It should be dealt with, hard! Iit is cheating after all. 😡😡😡
@JAMES77458423: There is an irony of him saying this when Bruno Fernandes is his club captain.
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