Joey Barton has joked that Scott McTominay chose to represent Scotland over England because he ‘clearly wants summers off’.
The 21-year-old Manchester United midfielder ended the speculation over his international allegiance this weekend by revealing he will play in Scottish blue.
McTominay was born in Lancaster but qualifies for Scotland through his Glaswegian father.
The Red Devils starlet, who has impressed in several appearances for the first-team this season, said on Sunday that he has followed his heart to commit his future to the Tartan Army.
Reacting to the news on Monday, former Scotland striker and Sports Breakfast host Alan Brazil suggested the youngster ‘wants to be a Graeme Souness rather than a Jordan Henderson’.
And asked for his view, Barton said: “What’s he playing at? He must have decided he wants all his summers off!
“He’s obviously showed his ambition, hasn’t he? He’s probably realised the weight of playing for England and working every summer, he doesn’t want that.
“Maybe Man United and Fergie have influenced him?
“Scotland have improved to be fair but, look, if he feels more Scottish to England, then fair play to the kid.
“It would have been easy, financially, to go in the England side and if you’re in the Manchester United there’s a good chance you’ll get called up by England - that’s been a route map for a long period, as you see with players like Marcus Rashford and Jesse Lingard.
“So fair play to the boy if he feels like a passionate Scotsman, it can only be a good thing for Scotland because he’s a seriously talented player.”