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Kieran Tierney WILL play against England at Wembley on Friday night after being passed as fit

Published on: 17 June 2021

Scott McTominay seemed reluctant to entertain the suggestion of Kieran Tierney being Scotland’s equivalent of Harry Kane or Cristiano Ronaldo, but there is no doubting the sense of relief at his return to fitness.

One thing for certain is that the Arsenal defender’s calf has enjoyed the same level of attention this week as David Beckham’s metatarsal all those years ago. But the word from Wembley last night was that Tierney is fit and will start tonight.

‘It is good news for Kieran, good news for us and good news for the Scottish supporters,’ said manager Steve Clarke.

‘Hopefully we can back all that up with a good result. He has trained fully the last two days. He is available for the whole game.’

McTominay, sidestepping those lofty comparisons, said: ‘It’s a big deal, we need Kieran back. He’s a top player and amazing character.

‘We rely on him a lot in terms of what he brings to the squad.’

Without him, Scotland were beaten 2-0 by Czech Republic on Monday. That result — and the nature of those in the other groups — has left Clarke believing Scotland need at least a draw this evening.

‘We have to try and get something out of the game, because I really feel we are going to need four points to qualify,’ he said. ‘We only focus on ourselves. We have a lot of boys playing at a really high level, week in, week out. We have two Champions League winners in the squad, which is not a bad thing to say.’

The Metropolitan Police are preparing for the arrival of 20,000 Scotland supporters, and Clarke has encouraged the Tartan Army to travel to London.

‘We want the Scottish fans to come, we want them to behave themselves and have a good time,’ he added.

‘They are down in England and they are ambassadors for their country.'


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