KIERAN TIERNEY has become the EIGHTH withdrawal from the Scotland squad for tomorrow night’s UEFA Nations League game against Albania.

The Scots flew out today for the crunch confrontation and boss Alex McLeish had been hoping the Celtic left-back would overcome a leg injury.

Tierney, 21, struggled in training and the decision was taken not to risk him as he fell short of 100 per cent fitness. He had been earmarked to play at right-back or in central defence with skipper Andy Robertson in his favoured No.3 position.

THE RACE IS OVER…Kieran Tierney’s battle to be fit ended in disappointment. Pic: Geo.

He joined the crocks list of Craig Gordon, Mikey Devlin, Charlie Mulgrew, Kevin McDonald, Stephen O’Donnell, Ryan Jack and John McGinn while first-choice strikers Leigh Griffiths and Steven Naismith were injured before McLeish announced his squad.

There were further blows when West Ham’s Robert Snodgrass and Newcastle’s Matt Ritche requested not to be involved while they concentrated on club commitments.

Former Rangers star John Fleck, now with Sheffiled United, has been called up, but wasn’t asked to fly to Albania. Instead, the midfielder will be in the pool for the final qualifier against Israel at Hampden on Tuesday.


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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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