CELTIC warrior Kieran Tierney admits he is not worried about facing Raheem Sterling in Scotland’s World Cup qualifier against England a week on Saturday.
The teenage left-back has declared himself fit for the crucial Hampden clash, despite suffering extensive facial damage in the the 2-1 Scottish Cup Final victory over Aberdeen at the weekend.
Tierney will almost certainly be in direct opposition to either £50million Manchester City winger Sterling or £25million Liverpool ace Adam Lallana, depending on whether he plays at left or right back.

Neither star holds any fears for the tenacious young Celt.

Tierney insists he has learned a thing or two after facing two of the best English wingers in the game on a daily basis at training at Lennoxtown, Patrick Roberts and Scott Sinclair.

He reckons that those duels with his team-mates have been ideal preparation for the match against Gareth Southgate’s outfit.

The defender has already squared up to Sterling when both players scored in the memorable 3-3 Champions League group stage draw between the Hoops and Manchester City in September.

Tierney said: “You always look forward to challenging yourself against the best players.

“Raheem Sterling is a world-class player and when I played against him that night at Celtic Park it was a good battle.

“That’s what makes you a better player, testing yourself against players of that quality.

“At Celtic, I do it in training against Paddy Roberts and Scott Sinclair – they are the best, as well.

“Training against these guys every day makes me a better player.

“It’s really good preparation for these type of games when you training against the likes of Paddy.

“He’s brilliant. I don’t think he likes playing up against me because I end up just kicking him!

“No, you can see in the last few weeks that Paddy has been in the form of his life. He is a top player.

“The last time I went with Scotland, I didn’t know I was going to be playing right-back.

“I just thought there were too many left-backs and that I’d been moved across in training to make up a team. When I was told I’d be playing there, I was delighted to be starting, but it was a surprise to be on the other side. It was the first time I’d done that.

“As a player, it helps you to develop when you experience different positions.

“Versatility is a thing some managers look at, so it’s good.”
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