Celtic’s Kieran Tierney has played his way into the hearts of the Bhoys since he broke into the first-team at Celtic Park whilst predominantly playing as a left-back.
Marauding up and down the left-wing Tierney has become a pivotal player for Celtic and his boyhood passion for the club has helped him to establish himself as a firm fan-favourite. The quality of his performances in the SPFL have supposedly drawn interest from a handful of the Premier League’s top clubs, including the likes of Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester United.
Tierney has also managed to play his way into the Scottish national side, making 9 caps already at just 21-years-of-age, and he has been selected for the squad to face Belgium and Portugal during the international break.
However, speaking before the game against Belgium, Sky Sports pundit Charlie Nicholas delivered his verdict on how he believes Alex McLeish’s side will fare in their upcoming fixtures. Unsurprisingly, Nicholas has predicted a 3-1 win for Roberto Martinez’s side but he also made an intriguing prediction about Tierney.
Indeed, Nicholas expects McLeish to select a back-three against Belgium, ‘with Kieran Tierney on the left of the three’.
Tierney (valued at £11.25 million by Transfermarkt) is no stranger to the role and he has made a small number of appearances for Celtic in central defence, but it will undoubtedly represent a huge change for the Celtic fan-favourite after spending the majority of his senior career playing at left-back.
With newly-captained Andrew Robertson now the default left-back for the Scotland national team, Tierney may well be forced to adapt to a new role if he wishes to play on a regular basis under McLeish.
Tierney is merely a victim of circumstance as he and Robertson are arguably the two most talented players in the country – they just happen to play in exactly the same position.
There’s no doubt that Tierney possesses both the quality and mentality to play in central defence even if it does represent slightly unfamiliar territory, and if he impresses against some of the world’s best attacking players tomorrow he might just convince Brendan Rodgers to also experiment with a back-three.
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