After an injury-ravaged pre-season and start to the campaign, Kieran Tierney is now beginning to get minutes under his belt for Arsenal.
Scotland’s Steve Clarke has expressed his frustration towards Arsenal’s Kieran Tierney being made unavailable for international selection later on this month.
Clarke made it clear that the Tierney situation is ‘frustrating’ as he stated that the defender has an ‘ongoing issue’, and when the Scotland manager was asked what the issue was he simply replied, ‘that’s a question for Arsenal’.
It isn’t a surprise that Clarke is seemingly unimpressed with the situation he finds himself in because Scotland aren’t blessed with quality players, so it isn’t easy losing a player of Tierney’s quality just like that.
Scotland’s chances of qualifying automatically for the European Championships have gone, but they still have a chance to qualify through the play-offs, but Tierney won’t be available to Clarke in these next few dead-rubbers games as he tries to build towards those crucial matches.
“Arsenal asked us not to select him,” Clarke told BBC Sport. “Kieran has an ongoing issue that Arsenal are keen to address in the next international break.
“It’s a little bit frustrating. It’s obviously frustrating for Kieran as well, but we’ve got good cover in that position. That’s a question for Arsenal [in regards to what issue he has].”
Whilst Tierney is a left-back, he wouldn’t play in that position for Scotland because Liverpool’s Andy Robertson occupies that spot.
But Tierney, who joined Arsenal from Celtic for £25 million [BBC Sport], if fit, would still command a place in Scotland’s backline, whether it be at centre-back or at right-back.
However, Clark doesn’t have the chance to see where the Arsenal summer signing fits because he couldn’t work with him because of his previous injury lay-off, and now he has been made unavailable for selection.
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