Tierney can emulate Mcgrain insists Scots coach
SCOTLAND coach Peter Grant believes Kieran Tierney can emulate his “world-class” former Celtic teammate Danny Mcgrain.
But Grant does not believe Tierney should have to swap flanks for Scotland as Mcgrain did throughout much of the 1970s.
Celtic right-back Mcgrain won a chunk of his 62 caps for Scotland at left-back to accommodate Rangers’ Sandy Jardine on the other side.
Tierney followed in his footsteps last year by switching from the left to the right as Gordon Strachan worked out a way of including both he and Liverpool’s Andy Robertson.
But Cardiff’s Callum Paterson looks set to occupy the right-back role following his return from longterm injury and both Mcleish and Grant have dropped clear hints that Tierney will be deployed in a more central defensive position.
When asked whether Tierney had genuine potential to be world-class, Grant said: “Absolutely. Tierney is a top, top player and has been playing exceptionally well for Celtic for many years now, in the big, big games, and that tells you enough.
“Gordon played him at right side, the only ones I can remember doing that are Sandy Jardine and Danny Mcgrain, and what top players they were. Kieran is capable of that.
“But I think it’s very important, when you pick the national team, you are playing players predominately in the area of the pitch where they play for the club sides. Maybe one or two have to adjust but you don’t want everybody doing that.
“Kieran knows he can play left centre-back, he knows he can play left-back comfortably. It’s all about positional play, and he is outstanding at that.”