Malky Mackay makes revelation about position of Celtic player for Scotland
By James Black
Interim Scotland boss Malky Mackay has revealed Celtic star Kieran Tierney won’t be used at right-back in an international friendly this week – despite playing much of the botched World Cup qualifying campaign there under Gordon Strachan.
Tierney is expected to start in central defence against The Netherlands on Thursday night with Liverpool’s Andy Robertson in Tierney’s preferred left-back spot.
The 20-year-old became Scotland’s first-choice right-back in the second-half of the qualifying campaign for Russia 2018 as Scotland crashed out in their final game.
The Celtic star is widely reported to have been attracting interest from a host of Premier League clubs with his attacking performances down the left for Celtic but he is far less effective going forward in the dark blue of Scotland on the opposite flank.
Mackay revealed Rangers midfielder Ryan Jack will likely start at right-back and flatly rejected the idea of Tierney playing on the right.
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“Callum Paterson is two minutes back from a year out injured, and I certainly won’t be playing Kieran Tierney there,” Mackay said of the right-back situation, as quoted by the Evening Times website.
“Ryan did very well there for our under-21s a couple of years ago, and he obviously started his Aberdeen career there.
“I spoke to him this morning about the possibility of him playing there.
“It’s about getting the best out of all of our players, and Ryan Jack is very comfortable on the ball, he’s really dogged as well.”
Tierney has made 8 appearances for Scotland since making his debut against Denmark in March 2016.
The Celtic star has only missed one game so far this season for Brendan Rodgers’ Hoops, playing 24 times, as they look to repeat their incredible unbeaten domestic treble of last season.
Tierney recently signed a new six-year contract to keep him at Celtic until 2023.
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