He might be the only natural centre-back out the trio – but Declan Gallagher says Arsenal left-back Kieran Tierney and Manchester United midfielder Scott McTominay are a dream to work with in defence.

Gallagher has paired with the Arsenal and Manchester United men in a 3-5-2 system for Steve Clarke’s Scotland side. They will likely line up together as a centre-back trio tonight as Scotland face Austria in World Cup 2022 qualifying.

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The Arsenal and Manchester United stars have been out-of-position in defence. (Photo by Matthew Peters/Manchester United via Getty Images)

The Motherwell captain explained the partnership he has with the Arsenal and Manchester United players: “I think it’s been great. Obviously being the middle man, it’s perfect for me because my game is all about talking.  Having players like Kieran Tierney and Scott McTominay by your side is only going to help you massively.

“I feel we compliment each other quite well. They are both very good on the ball, I can keep giving five yard passes to them and letting them deal with it. I deal with physical presences and everything else – we’ve got a good balance and it’s working well.”

Grant Hanley and Jack Hendry have come back into the squad as centre-backs and Gallagher is on his toes: “When you’re playing for your country, you’re playing with all the best players from your country so the fact that there’s more competition is great for us.

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Gallagher has shone alongside the pair. (Photo by Ross Parker / SNS Group)

“It’s great for the nation that we’ve got so many players available so there is definitely no resting on my laurels. I know I had a good game last time but I have to be at it if I want to play. Grant Hanley and Jack Hendry have been called up. I’m happy with the competition and I’ll be trying my hardest.”

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