COMEBACK Bhoy Callum McGregor will captain Scotland in their Euro 2020 opener against Kazakhstan in Astana tomorrow afternoon.

However, his Celtic team-mate Kieran Tierney has been forced to withdraw after sitting out training yesterday.

International gaffer Alex McLeish has decided against taking any risks with the 21-year-old defender’s fitness on the artificial surface.

McGregor has surged straight into the Scots line-up with the armband as an extra honour after playing only 90 first team minutes for the Hoops in the past three-and-a-half weeks.

He was injured in the side’s 1-0 loss against Valencia in the Mestalla Stadium before returning in the 1-0 victory over Dundee at Dens Park on Sunday.

McLeish had suffered an earlier setback with the news captain Andy Robertson would have to miss out after being delayed in the UK to receive urgent dental treatment.

After playing non-stop from the start of the season in July, Tierney missed 10 weeks and 14 games with a pelvic problem before coming back in the 4-1 win over Motherwell at Parkhead on February 24.

McLeish hopes to have both Robertson and Tierney fit for the visit to San Marino on Sunday.


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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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