Quick links

Celtic

Scotland

Malky Mackay says Kieran Tierney doesn’t want to play at right-back

BRUSSELS, BELGIUM - SEPTEMBER 27:Alexandru Chipciu of RSC Anderlecht and Kieran Tierney of Celtic battle for possession during the UEFA Champions League group B match between RSC...

Celtic defender Kieran Tierney played for Scotland against the Netherlands at the Pittodrie Stadium on Thursday.

Leigh Griffiths of Celtic and Kieran Tierney of Celtic celebrate victroy after the Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership match between Rangers and Celtic at Ibrox Stadium on September 23, 2017 in...

Former Cardiff City and Wigan Athletic manager Malky Mackay has told The Scottish Sun that Celtic defender Kieran Tierney does not want to play as a right-back.

Tierney is a left-back by trade and is one of the best young players in that position in Europe.

The 20-year-old Celtic defender can also operate as a central defender, but Mackay has revealed that the youngster does not want to play as a right-back.

Kieran Tierney of Celtic tackles Vegar Eggen Hedenstad of Rosenborg during the UEFA Champions League Qualifying Third Round,First Leg match between Celtic and Rosenborg at Celtic Park...

The former Celtic defender made the revelation following Scotland’s 1-0 defeat to the Netherlands on Thursday evening.

Rangers defensive midfielder Ryan Jack was deployed as a right-back at the Pittodrie Stadium, while Tierney played as a centre-back.

Scotland interim manager Malky MacKay is seen during the International Friendly between Scotland and Netherlands at Pittodrie Stadium on November 9, 2017 in Aberdeen, Scotland.

“Kieran Tierney going there is NOT the answer,” Mackay, who took charge of Scotland against the Netherlands, told The Scottish Sun. “He doesn’t want to be playing there, trust me.

“Callum Paterson has been out for a year. He is 10 minutes back from a torn cruciate. But maybe there is competition at right back now.”

Although Tierney has played well as a central defender, his 'natural' position is at left-back, and it is important that his club and national team managers play him in that role regularly.

Tierney has the potential to become the best left-back in the world in the coming years.

Register for HITC Sport - Daily Dispatch