Steven Thompson claims Celtic's Kieran Tierney endured uncomfortable international break, criticises Matt Phillips

Steven Thompson of St Mirren shows his emotion after his side won the Scottish Communities League Cup Final between St Mirren and Hearts at Hampden Park on March 17, 2013 in Glasgow,...

Scotland couldn't achieve qualification for the 2018 World Cup.

Stanislav Lobotka of Slovakia goes between James Morrison (7) and Kieran Tierney of Scotland (2) during the FIFA 2018 World Cup  Group F Qualifier between Scotland and Slovakia at Hampden...Stanislav Lobotka of Slovakia goes between James Morrison (7) and Kieran Tierney of Scotland (2)

Pundit Steven Thompson has told BBC Sport that he felt Kieran Tierney was uncomfortable at right back for Scotland – and feels James Forrest should have played instead of Matt Phillips against Slovenia.

Scotland went into the final two group games of the 2018 World Cup qualifiers needing two wins, and they clinched the first of those with a 1-0 win over Slovakia on Thursday evening, claiming the win at Hampden Park thanks to Martin Skrtel's own goal.

Gordon Strachan's men travelled to Slovenia on Sunday evening, knowing that win would send them to Russia next summer – and they got off to the perfect start with Leigh Griffiths' first-half opener.

Matthew Phillips (L) of Scotland in action against Bojan Jokic (R) of Slovenia during the FIFA 2018 World Cup Qualifier match between Slovenia and Scotland at stadium Stozice on October 08,...Matthew Phillips (L) of Scotland in action against Bojan Jokic (R) of Slovenia

However, Slovenia hit back as substitute Roman Bezjak scored twice in 20 minutes to turn the game on its head, and whilst Robert Snodgrass grabbed a late equaliser, there wasn't enough time for Scotland to find the winner as their campaign ended in a 2-2 draw.

Scotland's revival in 2017 has been superb, and will give fans hope of a strong future ahead of the Euro 2020 qualifiers, but for now, there is a sense of disappointment in Scotland after Sunday's failure to win.

After the final whistle in Ljubljana, pundit Steven Thompson spoke to BBC Sport, offering player ratings – and he wasn't too impressed with Celtic defender Kieran Tierney's performances over the international break.

Steven Thompson of St Mirren shows his emotion after his side won the Scottish Communities League Cup Final between St Mirren and Hearts at Hampden Park on March 17, 2013 in Glasgow,...

The left back has starred for Celtic, but with Andrew Robertson at left back, he has been pressed into playing at right back, and Thompson suggested that he doesn't feel Tierney was comfortable in either game.

“The Celtic defender hasn't looked as comfortable at right-back in these last two games,” said Thompson. “Booked early on for a poor challenge and didn't offer a threat going forward likes he does for his club.”

Thompson also criticised the lack of impact from West Brom winger Matt Phillips, suggesting that he was 'lacklustre', and Celtic wide man James Forrest should have started ahead of him down the right flank.

“Didn't perform well against Slovakia and followed it up with another lacklustre performance. For a winger, the West Brom player didn't offer enough threat in attack. James Forrest would have been a better option,” added Thompson on Phillips, with his analysis maybe giving Strachan something to think about when it comes to getting the best out of Celtic stars.

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