Kieran Tierney is missing from Scotland’s opening match of Euro 2020 – and Tartan Army fans are gutted that the Arsenal defender isn’t available.
The Arsenal left-back picked up a knee injury in April but recovered in time to make Steve Clarke’s Euros squad for the major finals. But despite playing in friendly matches against Netherlands and Luxembourg, Tierney has missed out on the Czech Republic encounter at Hampden Park.
It’s Scotland’s first game at a major tournament since World Cup 1998 in an agonizing blow for the Arsenal left-back. It’s equally hard to take for manager Steve Clarke, who has established Tierney as one of his best players in the Scotland ranks.
Scotland will take on England at Wembley on Friday and return to Hampden after the Czech Republic test next Tuesday to face Croatia. Fans of the national team have reacted to the news over Tierney.
Kieran Tierney being rested for the final
— Oldfirmfacts (@Oldfirmfacts1) June 14, 2021
No Tierney is a shock – Cooper showed v Netherlands he's an excellent defender at this level.
Hope to see Adams off the bench in the second half. WE CAN DO THIS 🙌 https://t.co/K1Jjhb9rCq
— The Tartan Scarf 🏴 (@TheTartanScarf) June 14, 2021
Lot of negativity around the team. Gutted Tierney can’t make it, must be injured. Would’ve personally started Adams but it’s a strong team regardless. Get behind the boys🏴
— Calum Brown (@Calum_Brown99) June 14, 2021
Missing Tierney's line-breaking passes here, slow in the build-up so far.
— Kieran Devlin (@NoNotThatDevlin) June 14, 2021
Without Tierney, lack of ball playing ability in Scotland's back three even more noticeable. Can't get the ball into midfield three, which should be their strength
— Kieran Canning (@KieranCanning) June 14, 2021
No Tierney is quite literally The One Thing We Did Not Want To Happen. Probably the only player in the team we have where there isn't anyone else to come in and do a similar job. Also, he's probably our best player.
— Craig Fowler ✊🏻✊🏽✊🏿 (@craigfowler86) June 14, 2021
Absolutely gutted about Kieran Tierney. Not only a key defender/attacker in this team, but one of the few players that never gets phased by the big occasion. Always leads from the back when he plays. Scotland will seriously miss him.
— Stefan Bienkowski (@SBienkowski) June 14, 2021
The lads to lead us out to the first men’s international tournament in 23 years
Feels like a bit of a blow to have Tierney missing but still a really strong squad with options on the bench too
Come on Scotland! 🏴 https://t.co/xMfcmzH7cP
— Lewis 🍋 (@LewisLaird01) June 14, 2021
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