Arsenal left-back Kieran Tierney has reached 25 caps for Scotland with his start against Moldova at Hampden Park this evening.
The Arsenal defender spent almost 12 months out of international duty between 2019-2020 through injury but has emerged as a key player for head coach Steve Clarke this year. He has played at both centre-back and left-wing-back in his 3-5-2 system.
His place in the starting XI against Moldova means he is now on 25 caps for the international team, on the same night as a landmark for captain Andy Robertson, who has reached 50. Clarke’s men face Moldova in World Cup 2022 qualification Group F, currently holding five points from the opening four matches.
Clarke said: “We need points to keep us in contention so that come October, November we’re in the mix for qualification. We need a performance and a win against Moldova and that’s what we’re focusing on. We can’t think too much about the Austria game (on Tuesday), we have to win against Moldova.
“We have to win, nobody’s shying away from that. If we can win and play well, it will be great. If we can just win, that will be fine. Hopefully the performance and result marry up. We’ll be good though. The lads have been good in training. There’s a little edge to them, you can feel it. They know they’re going into a pivotal moment in the group.”
Fans have praised Tierney after his milestone moment.
Well in pal🏴
— Connor🍀🏴 (@connorsellik67) September 4, 2021
Proper player! 👏🙇🏽♂️
— Nigel Quashie (@NigelQuashie1) September 4, 2021
my left back ❤️
— emileszn (on loan to Coventry City) (@KDMF111) September 4, 2021
Greatest of all time
— Fan of Valentina 🏴🍀 (@Fanofvalentina3) September 4, 2021
best left back masquerading as a centre half in the world
— Arron (@Arron1Smith) September 4, 2021
— Bef🦉 (@SantanBef) September 4, 2021
Super KT👏🏼 https://t.co/Bxdbdu7L7b
— ScottishArsenal (@scottisharsenal) September 4, 2021
— Clint Neale (@CJSN1982) September 4, 2021
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