Former Scotland defender turned pundit Charlie Mulgrew has had his say on Arsenal star Kieran Tierney after his brilliant showing for Scotland in their friendly against the Netherlands ahead of the Euros.
The former Celtic man is hoping to fire the Scots to glory this summer. A lot is expected of Tierney and Andy Robertson in the Euros, and the former looks ready to perform at the highest level in the coming weeks.
He started at left centre-back against the Dutch and he was really impressive. He received 8/10 ratings from both The Daily Record and The Scotsman, and if Mulgrew’s comments are anything to go by, he was the best player on the pitch.
Kieran Tierney is a ‘top-class player‘
He told Sky Sports: “Kieran’s class, a top-class player. You see the level he’s playing at in the Premier League with Arsenal. He’s week in, week out, playing very well, and last night he was top notch.
“His defensive side of the game is brilliant, he reads danger really well. He’s not the biggest, but it just shows you that you don’t really have to be. At international level there’s a lot of balls on the ground and it’s a lot on reading the game.
“And KT does that really well, and going forward you can tell he’s really eager to get forward. He gets beyond Andy (Robertson) at times and will be a real threat for us at the tournament.”
Tierney is Scotland’s best player
Scotland have been drawn into the group of death alongside England, Croatia and the Czech Republic. Anybody can beat anybody in the group, but Steve Clarke’s men should be viewed as the dark horses.
Yes, they may not have players like Kane and Rashford in attack or Modric and Kovacic in midfield, but they have real heart, determination and leadership in Tierney, who will push them to their limits.
The Arsenal man’s quality on the pitch is undeniable. He is one of the best left-backs in the world, but the fact that he can maintain a similar level while playing as a centre-half shows just how good a player he is.
If Scotland are to have a good Euros this summer, Tierney will need to be at his best. If his display against Holland was anything to go by, all the Scots in the world should be really excited.