By Danny Wright
Scotland assistant manager Mark McGhee believes that Celtic’s Kieran Tierney has a very similar attitude to England legend Stuart Pearce.
Although the Scottish full-back is just 20-years-of-age, McGhee thinks that he can eventually prove to be very intimidating to his opponents, just like Pearce was during his playing days as he earned himself the nickname ‘Psycho’.
Tierney will be wearing a gum shield on Saturday when the Tartan Army play host to England in a 2018 World Cup qualifier at Hampden Park.
He received a massive blow to the mouth during the Scottish Cup final victory against Aberdeen in May which left blood pouring down his face.
Despite visiting hospital after the first-half incident, Tierney was back at Hampden to lift the trophy with his teammates and McGhee thinks that warrior-like spirit will see him become one of the toughest defenders in British football.
“Stuart Pearce is a good example in terms of a comparison with Kieran’s approach,” said McGhee, as quoted by the Scottish Sun.
“That blood on the face and head — that’s Kieran. That’s the way you expect him to be, with his determination and aggression.
“He may not intimidate people because they don’t know him well enough.”
Tierney has been a key feature in helping Brendan Rodgers’ side win the Scottish treble this season.
Although he suffered a ruptured cruciate ligament half way through the campaign, he still went on to make 40 appearances across all competitions, scoring two goals and supplying 12 assists.
He is in line to earn his fourth Scotland cap on Saturday after making his senior international debut last March in a 1-0 friendly victory over Denmark.
Tierney missed the England clash at Wembley last year due to his serious knee injury, but will undoubtedly be looking to make amends for his teammates, who lost 3-0 to Gareth Southgate’s side on that occasion.
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