McLeish to give Tierney welldeserved rest

first_imgScotland national team head coach Alex McLeish has revealed he plans to rest defender Kieran Tierney when the team faces European champions, Portugal on Sunday.Tierney is one of five players to have left the Scottish team since the 2-1 UEFA Nations League defeat to Israel on Thursday night, a game settled when the 21-year-old’s poor clearance beat Allan McGregor, who was in goal for Scotland to give the Israelis all three points.The Celtic left-back was playing his 22nd game of the season across all competitions for both club and country in Haifa, leaving him on course to match the 60-game shift he put in last term.With the game against Portugal of little or no competitive significance, McLeish has opted to grant Tierney some rest with the injured Charlie Mulgrew, John Souttar, Robert Snodgrass and Scott McTominay also dropping out.“We have players who’ve played a lot of games already this season,” said McLeish, according to Daily Mail. Alexandre Lacazette, ArsenalArsenal suffer huge blow as Lacazette is ruled out until October Andrew Smyth – September 13, 2019 Arsenal announced that striker Alexandre Lacazette has suffered an ankle injury and will be sidelined until October.“We were prepared to make a concession to Celtic in the summer over Kieran because he is a young guy growing up and has played an enormous amount of games.”“I remember back to my Aberdeen days with boys like Neale Cooper and Neil Simpson. They played a lot of games at an extremely young age, and they finished their careers relatively early.”“We don’t want that to happen to the current crop of players. That’s why Tierney is away back again. The medical team said he had a bit of fatigue, so it was right and proper that he went back to his club.”Tierney’s absence might allow McLeish to experiment with a flat back four, thus resolving one of the main criticisms of the performance in Israel, namely that the 3-5-2 formation chosen to accommodate both the Celtic man and Liverpool defender Andy Robertson does not help the team’s wide men.last_img

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