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Monday 24 July 2017

Tierney's right call

Scotland's Kieran Tierney
Scotland's Kieran Tierney

Celtic ace Kieran Tierney would be happy to embark on a long-term Scotland career as a right-back after coming through a high-stakes experiment with flying colours.

The Bhoys left-back was handed the role in Scotland's crucial World Cup qualifier against Slovenia and gave nothing away at the back while making some forceful runs forward, especially as the game progressed.

Scotland kept their first clean sheet of the World Cup qualifiers and Chris Martin's late winner has allowed Gordon Strachan to continue as manager, and possibly his new-look back four. The 19-year-old said: "I have been training there all week so I had a feeling I'd be playing there. The manager and the coaching staff have been giving me pointers.

"I enjoyed it."

When asked whether he would be happy to play there long-term for Scotland, he said: "It's up to the gaffer, whatever he thinks is best, and whatever he thinks the team that is going to give us the best chance of winning."

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