A week is a long time in football.

Never has that been more evident than in Tommy Conway’s case.

This time last week the 21-year-old was preparing to lead the line for Scotland’s Under-21s in an away friendly against Turkey.

Fast forward seven days and he’s just off the training pitch in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, reflecting on the chain of events that booked him a place at UEFA EURO 2024.

Scotland Men’s National Team Head coach Steve Clarke had dangled the carrot to Scot Gemmill’s young players in the build-up to this summer’s finals in Germany – stating that, in the event of any injuries, their group would be the first he’d look to for reinforcements.

Following the cruelly-timed injury to Lyndon Dykes, Bristol City striker Conway got the call he’d been dreaming about.

He may be living out a football fairytale, but he’s in no mood to simply make up the numbers and is determined to give Steve and his coaching staff something to think about ahead of Friday’s eagerly-anticipated opener against Germany.

Tommy Conway

How do you look back on the last week, Tommy? It must have been a bit of a whirlwind.

This time last week I would have been preparing for the Turkey game with the Scotland Under-21s, nothing thinking anything of it, but a week is a long time in football. Where I’ve come in a week, I couldn’t have dreamed that. Life comes at you quickly, so I’m just trying to take everything in my stride.

You scored a great header against Turkey. What happened next?

The game finished, Scot Gemmill did his debrief and straight after that – with the whole squad there in front of him – he said, ‘I want to congratulate Tommy for getting a call-up to the full squad’. I honestly thought ‘is this real life?’ for a second. I couldn’t believe it. Everyone was quiet, then Lewis Fiorini – who was sitting next to me – jumped on me and hugged me. I froze and didn’t know what to do. Then it started to sink in, and I realised what was about to happen. There was a real feeling of pride. The next day, I flew back to Glasgow.

You were called up to last summer’s senior squad training camp in Spain. Did that give you a taste for it and help settle in this time around?

I said that to my family, that it was nice to have settled into the squad last summer. So, when I came in this time, it wasn’t so much about a welcome as it was a catch-up. I’m loving every minute.

You hit another landmark on Friday night with your first appearance in a Scotland shirt, in front of a big crowd at Hampden Park. You dedicated it to your late Granddad, Daniel. Tell us about him, as he’s obviously been a big influence on you over the years, on and off the pitch.

He’s not with us anymore, but he means a lot to me. The role that he played in my football career and journey, coming through the academy, was unbelievable. He had no right to be picking me up from school and taking me through to training at his age when my Mum and Dad couldn’t do it. I’ll be forever thankful for him and I’m glad to have done what I did on Friday night for him. He was from Stirling, and I still have lots of family there. It was a proud moment for the family. I’m hoping Granddad was looking for, proud, as well.

How does it feel to be at a major international tournament with Scotland?

I don’t think I could have dreamed of this, especially after the provisional squad was named and I wasn’t in it. In football, you know anything can happen, but I wasn’t expecting it. It was a shock, I’m not going to lie, and it’s been surreal. Full of ‘pinch me’ moments.

What about that welcome from the locals on the first night in Germany?

Honestly, that was unbelievable. John McGinn’s dancing probably helped. This is a good base for us and hopefully we can build on that in the tournament.

What are you looking to get out of it?

I’ll be ready if I’m called upon, whenever the gaffer needs me. I’m going to train hard every day and, if I’m needed on the pitch, I’m going to go for it. For the fans who are here, and the ones who are back home, we’re going to do it all for them and try to go as far as we can.

After you came close with a header on Friday night you told Steve you were saving your goals for Germany…

That’s the plan! I hope they come on Friday night.