Tier­ney can em­u­late Mc­grain in­sists Scots coach

Evening Telegraph (Late Extra Edition) - - SPORTS -

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.”

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