JURGEN KLOPP has urged Alex McLeish to ignore calls for Kieran Tierney to be named new Scotland skipper.

Celtic legend Davie Hay believes the Hoops left-back is a certainty to take over the armband from his Hoops team-mate Scott Brown, as CQN reported yesterday.

However, the Liverpool boss believes his own team’s Andy Robertson would be the “smart choice”.

The Kop defender is 23 – three years older than KT – but the Anfield gaffer insisted he has seen enough to suggest he is ready to assume the responsibility as the returning international manager ponders on who should be the nation’s new onfield leader.

McLeish will have to make a decision before the Scots face Costa Rica and Hungary in friendlies this month.

Asked if Robertson, who started his career at Parkhead before being released in 2012, was ready for such a promotion, Klopp replied: “One hundred per cent yes.

“Robbo would be the future, for sure. If you want somebody smart, he’s a really good option.

“He has a close relationship to all of the boys, so you could see he would leading in the future.”

Robertson will be fundamental to McLeish’s plans, which is why Klopp believes the extra responsibility could work for club and country.

The German coach added: “We have spoken about his development and we have spoken about the football things he has to do.

“He was in the team mentally before he was in the team physically, if you understand.

“Now, Scotland will not be making a mistake by choosing Robbo.

“I don’t know too many Scotland players because there are not many at Manchester City or Manchester United or these clubs.

“So, yes, he would be a good choice as Scotland national team captain.”

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