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‘MASSIVE HONOUR,’ ADMITS SCOTS STAND-IN SKIPPER TIERNEY

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SCOTLAND’S stand-in skipper Kieran Tierney admits leading out the team before the 1-0 defeat from Holland last night was an “incredible feeling” and a “massive honour”.

The 20-year-old defender was handed the armband by caretaker boss Malky Mackay in his Celtic team-mate Scott Brown’s absence for the friendly encounter at Pittodrie.

Left-back Tierney was moved into the centre of defence against Dick Advocaat’s side and produced a performance the interim manager described as “pretty sensational”.

Tierney said: “It was an incredible feeling. When the gaffer told me I was surprised because I’m so young, but it was a great feeling.

“I had a hint a few days ago, but Malky told me on Wednesday. It’s a massive honour. I’ve captained club and country and it doesn’t get much better than that.

“It’s crazy, I just try to work hard, keep level-headed, that’s all I can do. Where it takes me it takes me.”

Scotland had 18 efforts at goal against the Dutch, but failed to break down the visitors on a frustrating night.

Tierney added: “I thought we did well and created the better chances. We stuck to the game plan and on another night could have scored a few goals.

“You saw it’s a young squad. A few people were given debuts and it bodes well for the future.”

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