First-team coach Stuart McCall says Celtic’s Kieran Tierney was called-up to the Scotland squad ahead of Rangers left-back Lee Wallace in order to have a look at the youngster, the Evening Times reports.
Scotland face Czech Republic on Thursday before hosting Denmark the the following Tuesday, giving boss Gordon Strachan a great opportunity to see his players in action against two solid sides.
A few debatable calls were made in terms of player personnel, with many expecting Rangers skipper Lee Wallace to be included in the squad following his consistent form over the past few months.
But Strachan instead opted for Celtic’s highly-rated Tierney, with McCall explaining afterwards: “I think for Lee he has been very consistent this season.”
“But if you look at our squad, Gordon’s only gone for two out and out full-backs in Robertson, who is a stalwart now, and the boy Tierney. At 18, it’s a good chance to have a look at him and he’s been playing consistently well for Celtic.”
“Certainly left-back is looking healthier. Lee has been in the squad can only keep carrying on doing what he’s doing and he’s doing it well. I’m sure Lee will be pushing for the next squad.”
“You could say he was one of the ones that was almost in, it’s just Gordon wanted to have a look at the young lad from Celtic.”
Tierney has been grabbing the headlines at Celtic Park this season, though he has predominantly featured for the Scotland U19’s so the double-header against the Czechs and Denmark will be some step up.
The 18-year-old has a bright future ahead of him, and alongside Hull’s Andrew Robertson the Scottish national team now have two all-round fullbacks capable of joining the attack.
Wallace has been a dependable player for Rangers under boss Mark Warburton, though reclaiming his place in the national team will be difficult with plenty of strong competition in his favoured position.