SFA Chairman Rod Petrie says the way Arsenal star Kieran Tierney is being managed should ensure a return for Scotland’s Euro 2020 play-off matches.
The defender hasn’t featured for Scotland since March of this year. His latest absence has been met with controversy after Arsenal held him back over fitness issues.
Despite the attention around the issue, Petrie expects Tierney to return for big matches like the Euro 2020 play-offs Scotland will contest in March.
He told the Scottish Daily Mail (page 124, 17/11/19): “It is very easy from the outside to make assumptions and come to judgements but the most important things is that there is communication, there is dialogue.
“These things don’t come out of thin air. Obviously there was a discussion with Arsenal about Tierney.
“He is not here, he is not available but hopefully the way he is being managed will mean he will be strong for us when we really need him for the battle.”
Scotland need Tierney for play-off encounters
Fitness concerns have arisen from Arsenal despite the fact he has featured seven times since returning from injury problems. It’s easy to understand why some are frustrated with his absence.
In the most recent camp, Steve Clarke was left without Tierney, Andy Robertson, Scott McTominay, Ryan Fraser and Liam Cooper amongst others for one reason or another.
It isn’t helping the Scotland boss as he is constantly being forced to look beyond his best players for starting spots. If he is to take the nation to its first World Cup since 1998, he needs players like Tierney fit and available.
Hopefully that is the case when the crucial March play-offs come around.