Former Celtic defender Kieran Tierney out of Scotland on Unai Emery advice

By Connor Gordon

October 3, 2019

Former Celtic defender Kieran Tierney is not on the call-up list for the next two Scotland matches.

Everyone expected the new Arsenal defender to be on Steve Clarke’s sheet on Tuesday. However, the £25 million man was a shock omission going into the ties against Russia and San Marino.

His manager Unai Emery has revealed that it was he who suggested Tierney stay put.

Kieran Tierney out of Scotland matches on manager’s advice

The 22-year-old has only one game under his belt with the Gunners since his massive summer move.

Kieran Tierney in action for new club Arsenal last week. (Photo by Rob Newell – CameraSport via Getty Images)

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An impressive display against Nottingham Forest in the cup is getting Arsenal fans excited. Some expected him to go into the crunch match against Manchester United on Monday but it wasn’t to be.

Likewise, the Tartan Army thought the former Hoops left-back would be in Steve Clarke’s Scotland squad.

However, Emery has told the media that he is out of national duty as a “precautionary”.

He told the Evening Times: “I asked Kieran yesterday because we are waiting first for him to be with us consistently playing and after his injuries each step is important.

Kieran Tierney out of Scotland squad on Unai Emery’s advice. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

“We are thinking it is not the moment to work with them (Scotland) for the next matches.”

Instead of Tierney, fellow former Celt Andy Robertson is named as is current Hoops defender Greg Taylor.

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Since Tierney isn’t going to be challenging any time soon, it’s a great chance for Taylor to show what he can do. Clarke knows all about him from his Kilmarnock days but he has yet to play a game for Celtic.

In a low key match against San Marino, the question will surely be asked of Taylor.

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If he proves to be a success then perhaps he can temporarily move higher up the pecking order at Hampden.

Tierney appears to be on a structured recovery with Arsenal with no consistent Scotland return on the horizon.

Perhaps Taylor will do well enough to even have a shout on the right-back spot occupied by former Kilmarnock team mate Stephen O’Donnell.

Nevertheless, Taylor has a great run at challenging Robertson while he still can.