Alex McLeish saw Scott McTominay outclass the Italian maestro Marco Verratti while Manchester United eliminated Paris Saint-Germain from the Champions League.
And the Scottish boss now wants to see some of that swagger against Kazakhstan and San Marino in this week's Euro 2020 double header.
Promoted by Jose Mourinho, the midfielder was presented with a direct choice between playing for England or the land of his father.
Alex McLeish saw Scott McTominay outclass the Italian maestro Marco Verratti last week
While the Tartan Army was convinced that it had landed Denis's next law, reality failed to live up to the hype.
After five appearances, the 22-year-old has not yet met the expectations of a Manchester United player.
However, an exceptional show against the French aristocrats in the most important club competition in Europe has the Big Eck crossing fingers that could be about to change.
"When Darren Fletcher joined the Scottish team everyone was wondering," Why isn't he playing like George Best? "
& # 39; This was only because he played for Man United. We must remember that there are certain types of players and they must be gears that fit into the wheel.
"We believe that Scott has a good future for club and country and this performance against the PSG suggests that there could be bravado.
"That kind of performance should give him more bravado and self-confidence. It's a lot where the older boy can improve.
"He is still a young boy who is learning the game and will be watching videos of past heroes.
"It can certainly make a ping, but can you caress it like a (Paul Scholes or a (Roy) Keane when you need the time to do it?
& # 39; The big guy is learning all the time and it's nice to see him coming in the PSG game like he did against Verratti. & # 39; Fast, creative and agile, Verratti has become a pillar of the Italian national team at 26 and a winner of several titles in France. McTominay, McLeish believes, has what it takes to reach the same level.
The head of Scotland now wants to see some of that bravado against Kazakhstan and San Marino
"Verratti is a world-class player and to mess it up and blow up the boy was a veteran's performance," he said. "I think Nemanja Matic also had a great influence on him, playing in a similar position.
"The games that McTominay has played in recent weeks have given us a boost." Realizing McTominay's eligibility last year, McLeish traveled south to take a personal step.
The British FA was also eager to secure the loyalty of the midfielder, manager Gareth Southgate who made contact.
Despite the destructive driving conditions created by the Beast of the East, however, McLeish felt it was worth it.
"I knew when I went down and I made that trip to assure him that Scott didn't have all the answers," he said.
"He is still a child who grows and learns, no question.
"But it has a fantastic chassis, good speed and great strength.
It is now really on its way and is learning how to deal with it at the highest level.
& # 39; What he did in the last few weeks was fantastic. & # 39; A recipient of a special Mourinho award at the Manchester United of the Year awards last May, McTominay has always had a place in the heart of the Special One.
When Mourinho was fired before Christmas, McLeish feared the worst for his Old Trafford career.
The midfielder was presented with a simple choice between playing for England or Scotland
The head of Scotland added: "I talked to his agent at Christmas and I said," Look, we have to get Scott out (on loan). We want him to be part of our team for years to come and want to get him out of training every day with cones and bibs and passing movements ".
& # 39; Playing senior football is the key to your learning. & # 39; Ole Gunnar Solskjaer proved to be a late convert to his talents. Skirting the team in the first team, the Scotsman started the 0-0 against Liverpool on 24 February and has not seen since then, starting victories on Crystal Palace, Southampton and PSG.
& # 39; I don't want to know that the thoughts of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer are, but he brought it and playing against Liverpool was excellent, & # 39; added McLeish.
McTominay is unique for a Scottish midfielder simply because of his height. Considered too small to fit in the Old Trafford academy, a remarkable ten-inch growth in 12 months has hindered his progress, improving his long-term hopes of making it. At 6 feet 4 inches, its physicality is as precious to Scotland as its footballing brain.
"He does all of them in training. It's such a strong pillar," McLeish said.
"If you can make the most of it, then we have some great players joining the team, but they must be at the top of their quality.
"It's extremely humble. I sent a message to him a few weeks ago, saying that when he played the first game it was the way he learned to play soccer, being on that Man United team.
& # 39; I told him he played really well and took everything on board.
He's a guy who wants to improve greatly and be a fixture on this Man United team.
"He's already got Man United's DNA, as Ole continues to say, and we believe he will be a great player for Scotland."