Scotland manager Steve Clarke has praised Kieran Tierney’s contributions over the international break and played down any fitness concerns.

Kieran Tierney with Scotland (Photo via Glasgow Times)
Kieran Tierney with Scotland (Photo via Glasgow Times)

Kieran Tierney completed another 90 minutes for Scotland on Sunday, his second full 90 of the international break with one more match still to go.

Scotland boss Steve Clarke was happy with the Arsenal defender, particularly given he’s in an unconventional role of playing as a left-central-defender pushing into midfield at times.

“He’s a good player, Kieran,” Clarke said. “What we’re trying to do as we develop the team, and you see tonight what we’re asking the outside central defenders to step into midfield and push forward, Kieran can certainly do that.”

As always, however, Arsenal fans are going to be most concerned about the player’s fitness situation. Tierney never seems to shy away from another start, but we’ve seen that lead to injury problems in the past.

The journalists in attendance at Clarke’s press conference asked about Tierney’s fitness, with the left-back seeming to suffer from a little bit of cramp on Sunday.

“He’s okay, I don’t know about cramp,” Clarke added. “Towards the end, the boys were saying the pitch was really quite heavy and tricky. One or two of them mentioned that.”

We’ll see if whatever fatigue Tierney was experiencing keeps him out of the side to face the Faroe Islands on Wednesday, but I wouldn’t count on it. Most likely, we’re getting Tierney back two days before Liverpool with three 90s under his belt.