It was a night to remember for Arsenal star Kieran Tierney as he inspired Scotland to a 4-0 win over Faroe Islands.
The Arsenal defender grabbed three of the assists as John McGinn, Che Adams and Ryan Fraser scored to seal an easy win for Scotland. It puts them on five points from nine in the opening three World Cup qualification matches with Austria, Israel and Faroe Islands.
Here are three things we learned from the match.
He’s Scotland’s best player, isn’t he? The Arsenal full-back was playing left-centre-back for Clarke against Faroes but was still the best defender, winger and midfielder. Tierney is a machine.
He bagged a distinctive hat-trick of assists at Hampden, two great crosses for McGinn’s double while setting the wheels in motion for Adams’ opening Scots goal. Euro 2020 comes this summer and it’s undoubted that the Arsenal star will thrive.
Two in attack
It’s important to bear in mind the opposition, but two strikers started for Scotland. For the first time, Lyndon Dykes and Adams played alongside each other. It seemed to work as clear roles were defined.
Dykes’ is to run and chase down the lost causes, a support-striker of sorts for Adams, who as his 20-yard goal showed, is lethal anywhere within striking distance of the net. It was a promising debut for this duo system.
Five points from nine is what Scotland take from the three matches against Austria, Israel and Faroe Islands. Seven out of nine was likely the needed total, so while five isn’t a disaster, it’s not ideal either for overall prospects of going to Qatar next year.
But Clarke’s side do sit second by a point and now have a goal difference advantage after Denmark thrashed Austria 4-0. Whether Scotland rue the draws will likely be shown in September’s matches away to Austria and Denmark.
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