Scotland boss Steve Clarke has singled out Arsenal star Kieran Tierney for the effect he has had on others in the national team squad ahead of the Nations League getting started tonight against Israel.
Tierney could make his first appearance in dark blue since Clarke’s appointment as manager last year and the Scotland boss has been impressed with what he’s witnessed from the £25million defender.
Clarke thinks that Tierney’s hard work and “very competitive” standard in training has rubbed off on others going into tonight’s clash with Israel at Hampden.
“Kieran has been good,” Clarke said. “Very competitive in training, sets a good standard, demands a lot of the people around about him. Not so much in his vocals, just the way he trains. When somebody trains at 100 per cent it tends to have a good effect on the group.
“We have looked at different combinations for the team and the way we are going to play.”
Clarke refused to be drawn on whether he would look to fit Tierney and Liverpool star Andy Robertson into his starting XI but did hint at moving to a three-man defence.
The Scotland boss conceded it would depend on how “receptive” the players were to the possible change but it seems as though he could make the change we predicted yesterday on our new YouTube channel.
“It will depend how receptive the players are (to playing three at the back),” the Scotland boss added. They have to have a positive mentality, they have to be prepared to be really receptive.
“It also helps if they have had some recent experience of playing different formations, different systems. Most of them over the course of their career will have come across that.”