KIERAN TIERNEY is backing Celtic team-mate Stuart Armstrong to handle the pressure when, as expected, he makes his Scotland debut tomorrow night.
The in-form Hoops midfielder will be pitched into the white heat of battle in a must-win World Cup qualifier against Slovenia at Hampden.
And 19-year-old left-back Tierney said: “He’d love to start.
“We have played in massive games this season with Celtic already in the Champions League, against Rangers and other big teams.
“It’ll just be another one for him and it would be great for him to get his debut.
“He’s a great player and we knew that before he came to Celtic. Even at Dundee United, he was excellent.
“This season his goalscoring record for a midfielder and the amount of games he’s played is brilliant.
“That’s only a positive for the national team that he’s a midfielder and he’s got a goal in him.”
Armstrong has already claimed 12 goals and Teirney is full of praise for the 24-year-old who has captained his country at Under-20 level.
He added: “Yeah, he’s been brilliant, especially with the goals he scores.
“But it’s not just about that, he works hard for the team. He’s a proper team player and everything he does is for that.”