'Why not?' - Mackay explains why Celtic ace Tierney played out of position v Holland
By James Black
Interim Scotland manager Malky Mackay has revealed why he played Celtic ace Kieran Tierney out of his preferred left-back position in favour of Liverpool’s Andy Robertson.
Tierney played as a central defender alongside Hearts’ Christophe Berra in the 1-0 defeat by Holland and captained the side in the absence of Scott Brown.
The Celtic defender has won the majority of his caps at right-back with Robertson making the left-back berth his own and Mackay felt Tierney would be better suited to playing centrally rather than on the right where his attributes are somewhat diminished.
“At his club Kieran is obviously the left back and does so, so well for Celtic,” Mackay said, as quoted by MailOnline.
“With Scotland, we have got a terrific left back (Robertson), a roving left back.
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“Let’s just say our strength in depth at centre back is not what it should be.
“We have got somebody like him who embraced it so well when I asked him to do it – and even more when I asked him to be captain.
“We have a left sided centre back who is quick, aggressive, athletic and steps with the ball so comfortably. Why not?”
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 stretching all the way back to Ronny Deila’s final game in charge of the Hoops.
Manager Brendan Rodgers has used Tierney in a number of positions so far this season as the Glasgow giants look to replicate last season’s treble success.
Tierney recently signed a new six-year deal to commit his future to Celtic until 2023 and will surely be a front-runner to take over from Scott Brown as captan when the Hoops midfielder calls it a day.