So solid crew be­hind young skip­per Tier­ney

Daily Star Sunday - - RESULT! - By MICHAEL BAILLIE

CAL­LUM McGRE­GOR in­sists no one in the Scot­land squad was sur­prised that Malky Mackay gave his Celtic team-mate Kieran Tier­ney the cap­tain’s arm­band at Pit­to­drie on Thurs­day.

The mid­fielder, who made his Scot­land de­but in the 1-0 loss to Hol­land, says it was an­other step in the young­ster’s rise for club and coun­try.

In-form Tier­ney, 20 (below) be­came the fourth-youngest player to cap­tain Scot­land – and with Scott Brown and Dar­ren Fletcher out of the squad, McGre­gor reck­ons the full-back was the nat­u­ral se­lec­tion for Mackay.

He said: “Kieran is un­be­liev­able. To be cap­tain of your coun­try at such a young age shows he has the men­tal­ity.

“And it was an­other great per­for­mance, he just gets bet­ter and bet­ter.

“The fact no one is sur­prised he’s the cap­tain of Scot­land for a game like this says a lot.

“We walked into the dress­ing room and saw Buy four for the arm­band next to his place and no one even blinked. We all thought it was a per­fectly nor­mal thing.

“He’s been out­stand­ing for Celtic since the minute he came into the team – and he’s car­ried that into in­ter­na­tional foot­ball.

“He’ll not be fazed by any of it ei­ther. He’s just that type of boy, to­tally level-headed, takes it all in his stride.” And Tier­ney’s cap­tain’s role last Thurs­day should not be seen as a one-off ei­ther, as McGre­gor added: “There’s no rea­son why he can’t be cap­tain again.

“He did very well in his first game as cap­tain and he’s im­prov­ing all the time.

“You can have two dif­fer­ent types of cap­tain, the vo­cal ones and the ones who do rather than talk and he’s prob­a­bly in the lat­ter camp.

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