Arsenal and Scotland star Kieran Tierney says centre-back ‘doesn’t come too natural’ – but he is enjoying the challenge under national team manager Steve Clarke.

Tierney is arguably Scotland’s best player heading into the nation’s first tournament since 1998 at Euro 2020 this summer. Playing as a left-back for Arsenal where he is a natural, it’s odd for Tierney to move into the left-side of defence in a 3-5-2 with Scotland, but he insists it’s a challenge he enjoys with captain Andy Robertson at left-back.

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Tierney enjoys the challenge. (Photo by Stuart MacFarlane/Arsenal FC via Getty Images)

The Arsenal defender said (Sky): “I am enjoying it a lot. I think it is the most consistent I have been in the squad and playing since my debut [against Denmark in 2016]. I am working hard on it. Obviously, it doesn’t come too natural for me to play centre-back as I have always been high and wide my full career.

“But it is something I have been willing to do for the team. I kind of know when I come with Scotland that I will be playing out of position, so it is basically getting used to it.”

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