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Gordon Strachan says Celtic's Kieran Tierney is a special player

Kieran Tierney of Celtic controls the ball during the UEFA Champions League Qualifying Play-Offs Round First Leg match between Celtic FC and FK Astana at Celtic Park on August 16, 2017 in...

Scotland manager Gordon Strachan says that Celtic's Kieran Tierney is a special talent.

Kieran Tierney of Celtic controls the ball during the UEFA Champions League Qualifying Play-Offs Round First Leg match between Celtic FC and FK Astana at Celtic Park on August 16, 2017 in...

Celtic left-back Kieran Tierney is not only making huge progress at club level, he is on the road to establish himself as a top international player as well.

The 20-year-old is one of the best left-backs in the Scottish Premier League, and in the mind of Scotland manager, Gordon Strachan, he is already a national asset.

The youngster has made only four appearances for his country, but within this time he has proved his caliber already.

Kieran Tierney of Celtic in action during the UEFA Champions League Qualifying Second Round, Second Leg match between Celtic and Linfield at Celtic Park Stadium on July 19, 2017 in Glasgow,...

Ahead of Scotland’s World Cup qualification campaign, Strachan has showered praise on Tierney, saying the country should be proud of him.

The 60-year-old manager says that Tierney is versatile and can play in any position. Strachan says that by playing in the centre-back role, which is not Tierney’s natural position, he is doing the “team a favour”.

Along with Liverpool’s Andy Robertson, he has hailed Tierney as a “special” and a “top, top player”.

What amazes most about Tierney is his maturity. For a young defender to show such maturity in decision-making is hard to find these days.

Igor Shitov of FC Astana vies with Kieran Tierney of Celtic during the UEFA Champions League Qualifying Play-Offs Round First Leg match between Celtic FC and FK Astana at Celtic Park on...

“He can play in anything — anywhere, any time, any position, any condition," said Strachan, as quoted by The Scottish Sun. "I’ve played him in three different positions already. With some people, when you move them to other positions, they just crumble. I know that for a fact, but not him.

“Knowing him, I always thought, ‘He’ll be fine’. When you asked him to do something, he was just, ‘Aye, not a problem’.

“He’s doing us a favour, doing the team a favour — but you are gauged on your performance and he’s not scared of that.

“He will back himself everywhere against anyone, which is fantastic. He’s one of the few defenders who looks at a one-v-one situation and thinks ‘I’m not really needing any help here, I’ll look after him’.

“He’s a special player and we should be proud of him. At full-back, he can do both bits of the job — defending and going forward and that’s why he can play centre-half as well."

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