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CALMAC CAPTAIN, KT CALAMITY

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KIERAN TIERNEY has been forced to withdraw from Scotland’s team for the Euro 2020 qualifier against Kazakhstan tomorrow afternoon – but his Celtic team-mate Callum McGregor will captain the team.

That was the mixed news for the Hoops double-act as Alex McLeish prepared the squad for the opening tie with a trip to Sam Marino due on Sunday.

Tierney sat out training yesterday, but was expected to get the nod to play at left-back – as CQN reported earlier today – with international skipper Andy Robertson missing out after being delayed in the UK to receive urgent dental treatment.

After playing non-stop from the start of the season in July, the champions’ defender missed 10 weeks and 14 games with a pelvic problem before coming back in the 4-1 win over Motherwell at Parkhead on February 24.

However, he will miss the encounter in Astana with McGregor taking over as skipper in the absence of Robertson.

The Hoops midfielder only came back into the first team in the 1-0 win over Dundee on Sunday after missing four matches through injury.

McLeish has seen enough of the player to put him straight into his line-up while adding the honour of the armband.

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