There weren’t many brilliant individual performances – but Arsenal star Kieran Tierney was one of the Scotland players to earn praise after a 1-1 World Cup qualification draw with Israel.
Steve Clarke’s side haven’t beaten Israel over 90 minutes in four attempts now and Ryan Fraser’s goal in the second half spared them from another defeat. Arsenal man Tierney shone in both a back three and four.
It leaves Scotland playing catch-up in their World Cup qualification group already after draws with Austria and Israel, trailing Austria by two points and leaders Denmark by four. Clarke’s side face Faroe Islands in the final match of the triple-header on Wednesday.
Tierney was again one of Scotland’s standouts. The first half could have been a whole lot worse if it wasn’t for his defensive shrewdness in a 3-5-2 that wasn’t working before he adapted well when Scotland opted for 4-3-2-1, all of this done at centre-back, despite being a natural left-back for Arsenal.
Fans have hailed the Arsenal full-back’s display, pondering whether he deserves a go in his natural position.
Scotland so much better with a back four and, on current form, Steve Clarke needs to drop captain Andy Robertson. Kieran Tierney has been a revelation at Arsenal this season and deserves to be given the nod at left full-back for his country. It’s a big call but the right one.
— Neil McGlade (@NMcGlade) March 28, 2021
Andy Robertson poor yet again for Scotland. Has struggled since taking the armband – would like to see Tierney given a shot at LWB/LB for the next two or three games.
— Finlay Jack (@Finlay_Jack5) March 28, 2021
Tierney is better than Robertson. That’s the tweet.
— ᗪᑌᑎKᔕ (@DMM97____) March 28, 2021
I know other teams focus on Robertson and work hard to nullify him, but I'm running out of patience with his displays for us. Generally speaking he doesn't influence games and when he got in behind tonight the end product was 😩😩. Would love 4 at the back with Tierney LB.
— Hampden Roar Podcast 🏴🎙️ (@hampdenroarpod) March 28, 2021
I’d like to see Clarke toy with a 4-3-3.
Tierney Hanley Gallagher Robertson
McGregor McGinn McTomminay
Forrest Dykes Adams
— beans (@fatboybeans) March 28, 2021
Be interesting to see if that match deads the 3-4-1-2.
Big issue with a switch back to a back 4 is it probably means confronting the *only* real reason for the switch to the back 3 – who do you drop out of Kieran Tierney and Andy Robertson. Faroe Islands a chance for KT at LB.
— Owen J Brown (@OwenJamesBrown) March 28, 2021
No width on the left because we continue to play Robertson ahead of Tierney there. Sticking Tierney CB to accommodate Robertson is criminal.
— Liam Dey (@LiamDey) March 28, 2021
One of our issues is Tierney and Robertson both being in the back line. Tierney wasted at centre half and realistically the only way that you’re probably going to get it to work consistently is by playing one of them as a left winger – which is also pretty pointless.
— Murray (@DMMacdonald96) March 28, 2021
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