Scotland assistant Steven Reid says it’s no problem having both Arsenal left-back Kieran Tierney and Liverpool left-back Andy Robertson in the same squad.
Steve Clarke’s side will take to Nations League action this week for their first competitive matches in almost 10 months. They face Israel on Friday night before a trip to Czech Republic next Monday.
It’s the first time Clarke has been able to call upon both the Arsenal and Liverpool left-back’s for a squad. Tierney has missed over a year’s worth of international football due to injury problems as Robertson has been named captain and made the left full-back position his own.
But now the Scots boss has a nice headache ahead of the two matches this week, where to put his two world-class full-backs. Whilst Liverpool’s man has primarily played on the left, Arsenal’s offers a bit more flexibility, playing centre-back and right-back on occasion for Scotland.
Assistant boss Reid says it’s something they’ll address this week and, speaking at his press conference, says it’s not a concern: “I have not worked with Kieran before. Hopefully the injury issues he had at the start of his move to Arsenal are behind him.
“He has broken into the team and has been getting plaudits from around the country and it is good to have them both and it is a good dilemma to have.
“We don’t see it as a problem, we see it as having good quality players in the squad.
“Kieran has played left-sided centre-back in recent games with Arsenal, left wing-back, he had certain games at right-back in his career.
“That versatility is a benefit, but ultimately it is picking the best team for the game. We will look at it and assess it this week.”