Manager tips Celtic star to reach phenomenal milestone
By James Black
Celtic star Kieran Tierney can become only the second player to win 100 caps for Scotland, according to interim Scotland manager Malky Mackay.
The 20-year-old Celtic star captained Scotland in their 1-0 defeat at the the hands of Dick Advocaat’s Holland on Thursday night as he won his ninth cap for his country.
Tierney played in central defence alongside Christophe Berra and impressed in an unfamiliar position.
The left-back has won most of his caps at right-back however Mackay was adamant before the game that the player wouldn’t be used there and used Rangers midfielder Ryan Jack instead.
Mackay claimed that if Tierney can stay injury free then he could become the first Scot since Kenny Dalglish to pull on a dark blue jersey over 100 times.
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“For me, if he stays injury free and keeps to the progression that I have seen in the last couple of years then without a doubt he can win over 100 caps,” Mackay said, as quoted by The Scotsman.
“He has got an attitude to die for.
“I think he just follows Scott Brown around at Parkhead. The attitude he has, the mentality, is the same. He just eats, sleeps and breathes football.”
The Isle of Man-born defender has been a stand-out for Celtic as they have embarked on a record-breaking 63-game unbeaten domestic run.
Manager Brendan Rodgers has used Tierney in a number of positions so far this season as he regularly tinkers with his squad and the homegrown star has impressed in all of them.
Tierney recently signed a new six-year deal to tie himself to Celtic until 2023 after a number of English clubs had the talented defender watched by scouts.