TOM BOYD reckons Kieran Tierney and Andy Robertson can dovetail on the left-hand side of the Scotland international team.

Returning boss Alex McLeish brought in the Celtic and Liverpool defenders for this month’s friendlies against Costa Rica and Hungary.

Former gaffer Gordon Strachan switched Tierney to the right on a couple of occasions to accommodate Robertson in his club position at left-back.

But ex-Celtic skipper Boyd, who was capped 72 times, believes they can both play in the same line-up.

He said: “I think Kieran Tierney can work with Andy Robertson. You can have one left-back, one left-midfield and work between the two.

“You can change it through the course of the game to spell one another. Both are very good defenders and both are very comfortable going forward, so it looks like the perfect combination on that left side.”

And Boyd also believes 20-year-old Tierney is the obvious candidate to take over the captaincy following the international retirement of his Hoops team-mate Scott Brown.

He added: “Kieran is somebody who can get respect from his fellow-players, despite such a young age. He has got that through his level of performances.”

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Acclaimed author Alex Gordon wrote the biography of Scotland international legend Denis Law, entitled 'King and Country'. He is a former columnist with World Soccer magazine and Scottish correspondent of respected European journal L'Equipe.

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