KIERAN TIERNEY last night spoke of his enormous pride at having captained Scotland in the 1-0 defeat to the Netherlands.
Malky Mackay named the hugely talented young Celtic defender as his skipper in a new look, youthful Scotland side that took on the Dutch at Pittodrie.
The 20-year-old has now added the role of international captain to his experiences of leading Celtic out, again in the absence of Scott Brown, who joined Mackay’s staff for the match last night.
“It was an incredible feeling. When the gaffer told me I was surprised because I’m so young but it was a great feeling.
“I had a hint a few days ago but Malky told me on Wednesday. It’s a massive honour. I’ve captained club and country and it doesn’t get much better than that.
“It’s crazy, I just try to work hard, keep level-headed, that’s all I can do. Where it takes me it takes me.”
Tierney was deployed at centre back in order to gauge whether this could be an option at the international level to incorporate both Tierney and Andy Robertson of Liverpool into the team.
The Celtic left-back is very quickly becoming one of football’s hottest talents and his performance as a central defender will only lengthen his list of admirers.
However, the 20-year-old, recently signed a new six-year deal at Celtic Park and spoke of his desire to follow in the footsteps of Paul McStay and be a ‘one club man.’
His manager Brendan Rodgers also spoke of Tierney being ‘here for 12 in a row!’
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