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22nd Mar, 2018 | 7:39pm

Sky Sports pundit: PL defender is better choice than Celtic star


Davie Provan believes Liverpool defender Andy Robertson would be a better choice as Scotland captain than Celtic star Kieran Tierney as Alex McLeish prepares for his first game since returning as Scotland boss.

After Scott Brown’s retirement from the international scene, Scotland need to appoint a new skipper with Tierney and Robertson likely to be two of the front-runners.

Blackburn defender Charlie Mulgrew will captain the Scots against Costa Rica on Friday night and Sky Sports pundit Provan thinks McLeish could even rotate between three of four players.

“I think, given the age of Kieran Tierney, he could maybe do without the pressure of being captain,” Provan told Sky Sports, as quoted by the Scottish Sun.

“There is a bit of responsibility that comes with that, bit of pressure if you like.

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“Andy Robertson, a few years older, might be the better choice at this moment in time.

“But I don’t think the captaincy necessarily has to be a permanent appointment. Alex, going forward, could choose three or four different players.”

Tierney captained Scotland in their last match – November’s draw with Holland at Pittodrie – but isn’t in the squad for the fixtures with Costa Rica and Hungary through injury.

The left-back has only won nine caps for Scotland although has been a near-constant presence in the Celtic starting XI over the last few years.

Football Insider verdict:

After Tierney wearing the armband against Holland – and Mulgrew being given it for the Costa Rica clash – it would suggest Tierney is in pole position to get the armband long-term. Both players are almost certain to be huge players for Scotland over the next decade and should be among a number of players with strong leadership qualities in the squad in future. With neither having really captained a team before it’s difficult to judge from the outside how either would cope with the role although given the way both have handled bursting onto the scene at a young age they should be fine.

In other Celtic news, the Hoops are set to offer a new contract to Ryan Christie

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