Kieran Tierney and Andy Robertson are two of the best left-backs in the Premier League, but for Scotland, only one of the Arsenal star and the Liverpool ace can play in that position… obviously.
In the past, Robertson has played as a left-back and Tierney has been deployed as a right-back for the two players to be accommodated in the same team. After all, it would be a shame to leave either player on the substitutes’ bench.
On Thursday evening, Scotland manager Steve Clarke played both Tierney and Robertson against Austria at Hampden Park in Glasgow in the 2022 World Cup qualifier.
The 23-year-old was on the left of a back-three and the 27-year-old was on the left of a four-man midfield.
Tierney played well defensively and was an attacking threat as well, as the Arsenal man showed just why he is rated so highly.
According to WhoScored, the Arsenal star played one key pass, had a pass accuracy of 78.6%, won two headers, took 67 touches, attempted one dribble, made two tackles, one interception and five clearances, and put in two crosses.
Robertson played in a more wing-back role and struggled against Stefan Lainer in the first half, but the Liverpool star stepped up his game in the second period.
According to WhoScored, the Liverpool star had a pass accuracy of 73.8%, took 81 touches, attempted one dribble, made two tackles, two interceptions and two clearances, and put in 13 crosses.
Some Scotland fans have raved about Tierney and are critical of Robertson, as the following posts on Twitter show.