CELTIC legend Danny McGrain admitted he doesn’t need to offer advice to Kieran Tierney on how to swap sides and work a flanker on England in Saturday’s World Cup clash at Hampden.
The Hoops hero regularly switched from right to left-back to accommodate Sandy Jardine during the late seventies and early eighties.
McGrain has watched the progress of Tierney, who celebrated his 20th birthday on Monday, as he has developed from the youth ranks.
He said: “Kieran is a throwback. He is only young, is such a good player and such a nice guy.
“He’s one for now and one for the future. He really is a tremendous player. Consistency is the stamp of a good player and that’s exactly what he produces for Celtic.
“He is just getting better and better and I can’t wait to see him in a couple of years.
“I think he will be asked questions on Saturday, I think every player in the Scotland team will have questions asked of them.
“But, hopefully, we are good enough to ask them questions, too.
“I don’t know if they feel they are superior, no-one knows how England feel.
“They are always over-hyped, but sometimes we are over-hyped, too, in Scotland. I think they are a good team but are they one of the best teams in the world? I don’t think so.
“But I would take a good draw now. Kieran has played against Raheem Sterling already against Manchester City and at times Sterling was brilliant, sometimes you get that. Just as long as he doesn’t score.”
McGrain admitted he benefited from his occasional switch of wings.
He added: “Of course, it made me a better player. A two-footed full back? There wasn’t many of us about, maybe only Tommy Gemmell.
“Did I explain this to Kieran? No, it isn’t that Kieran doesn’t talk to me, it is just that he has enough people in the first team squad, the coaching staff, telling him what to do.
“If they want any help or need any help, they know I am there.”
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