Scotland have taken the decision not to select Kieran Tierney for their upcoming Euro 2020 qualifiers with Cyprus and Kazakhstan.
Boss Steve Clarke had tried to get the left-back involved in October’s Interlull but the player, on advice of the Arsenal medical team, turned down the opportunity as he focused on getting back to full fitness.
Tierney has since made his long-awaited Premier League bow, featuring from the off against Crystal Palace and Wolves. He completed 75 minutes and 87 minutes respectively. The Scot also notched 90 minutes against Vitoria in the Europa League and came on for the last 7 minutes of the Carabao Cup defeat to Liverpool.
Steve Clarke has named his Scotland squad to face Cyprus and Kazakhstan later this month.
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Scotland have lost their last four Euro 2020 qualifiers and currently sit in third place in Group I behind Russia and Cyprus. They could still qualify for a first major tournament since 1998 via the play-offs, which begin in March, having earned the chance to progress by winning their Nations League group last year. Yeah…it’s complicated.
Anyway, we can only assume that Clarke wanted Tierney but that we’re continuing to be cautious with him. Tierney, who has 12 caps to his name, hasn’t actually played for Scotland since they faced Israel over a year ago.
Via the Daily Record, here’s Steve Clarke on the situation: “Kieran’s got an ongoing issue that Arsenal are keen to address in the next international break and Arsenal asked us not to select him. It’s a little bit frustrating and it’s obviously frustrating for Kieran as well.”