Tierney 'could play at centre-back'

New Scotland manager Alex McLeish agrees that Kieran Tierney’s international future could lie at the heart of the defence.

Left-backs Tierney of Celtic and Liverpool’s Andy Robertson are among Scotland’s best players, leaving McLeish pondering how to fit them both into the line-up.

Tierney played on the right of a back four towards the end of Gordon Strachan’s Scotland reign and also featured in central defence in Malky Mackay’s sole game in caretaker charge against Holland.

The 20-year-old has also been part of a three-man central defence for Celtic.

When asked whether he would consider playing Tierney at centre-back, McLeish said: “Of course.

“He had a smashing game up at Aberdeen in the friendly game when Malky Mackay took the team, he didn’t look out of place in the centre-back position.

“It’s a shame they play in the same position but Tierney can adapt.

“I know he has played at right-back as well. I probably wouldn’t want to play him at right-back, unless there is a real emergency.

“That wouldn’t be my plan for Tierney, but we do have definitive plans about how we want to play.

“You have to play your best players. I’m sure we can find a solution.”

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