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Since leaving Celtic to join Arsenal, Kieran Tierney has only consolidated the belief that he’s one of Europe’s best young left-backs.

But he has irked some fans of his homeland after scenes before kickoff in Scotland’s World Cup qualifier last night.

Tierney, a £25 million signing by Arsenal from Celtic in 2019, did not appear to be singing along with his country’s national anthem when television cameras panned to him.

Here’s how some fans reacted to the scenes on Twitter:

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Scotland wound up winning 1-0 away to the Faroe Island, thanks to a late winner from Lyndon Dykes.

And it must be noted that the Arsenal defender – who was born on the Isle of Man – was one of Steve Clarke’s better players during an otherwise disappointing performance by the visitors.

Whether he sings the national anthem or not, the Lennoxtown youth product, who grew up in Glasgow, is very often Mr Reliable when it comes to international duty.

Passion

And the Scotland fans – and any supporters – will always favour someone who plays with passion more than someone who just sings with passion.

And whether it’s been for Scotland, Celtic or Arsenal, the 24-year-old does certainly give 100 percent from the first whistle to the last.

Back in 2019, James Forrest, whom he played alongside at Parkhead, said this about the left-back: “He is certainly committed to Scotland. He played for Scotland at an early age and he has captained Scotland as well. KT loves playing for his country.”

It remains to be seen exactly why Tierney doesn’t sing, because this isn’t the first time and almost certainly won’t be the last, but so long as he continues to play with passion then really, things like this shouldn’t matter a great deal.

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