JOHN CLARK AND JIM CRAIG have said that Kieran Tierney is the best Scottish left back and must be picked ahead of Liverpool’s Andrew Robertson.
The Lisbon Lions, who were speaking after their induction to the Scottish Hall of Fame tonight, believe that Tierney has to be starting at left-back under the new manager as his talents are wasted on the right.
Former-Celtic centre-back Clark was full of praise for the 20-year-old that captained the side in the absence of Mikel Lustig and Scott Brown versus Dundee on Saturday.
“Kieran Tierney is the best left back.
“If he has competition from another player then it is good for him, it is good for the players trying to get in as well, pushing each other.
“But I think he has more strength and aggression about him than Andy Robertson. Robertson is a good touch player but Tierney is aggressive as well.
“He can get forward and hits in decent balls but on the right side you have to turn in on to your left foot and things are closed down.
Tierney played at right-back in the Slovakia and Slovenia matches and would occasionally look uncomfortable on his weaker side. Clark’s fellow Lion, Jim Craig, was in agreement with the statement that Tierney was better equipped playing on the left as his talents were being wasted on the right and used some famous faces to convey his point.
“I never think you play as comfortably on both sides.
“Tommy Gemmell wasn’t half the player at right-back as he was at left-back and Danny McGrain wasn’t either.
“You are more comfortable in the one position. Stuart Armstrong this season is looking more comfortable than he was last season because he has been allowed to play in a position he likes.
“It is a nice problem if you are still getting your cap but it is not possible to play comfortable both halves of the pitch.
“You are more comfortable playing in the one you have been picked in. The best player in the position should be picked so I would play him.”