Kieran Tierney not selected for Scotland as Arsenal left-back has ‘ongoing issue’ leaving national boss Steve Clarke frustrated

5 Nov

Kieran Tierney has an ‘ongoing issue’ that led Arsenal to ask Scotland not to select the left-back, according to manager Steve Clarke.

The 22-year-old has not played for Scotland in more than 12 months with his last appearance coming in October 2018.

He had a long-term pelvic problem which saw him undergo double hernia surgery in the summer.

Kieran Tierney has played six times for Arsenal since joining from Celtic
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Tierney was omitted from his country’s final two European Championship qualifiers against Cyprus and Kazakhstan this month.

He has played six times for Arsenal since his £25million move from Celtic.

Clarke, whose only communication with Arsenal came via written forms, said: “Kieran has got an ongoing issue that Arsenal are keen to address in the next international break and Arsenal asked us not to select him.

“It’s a little bit frustrating. It’s obviously frustrating for Kieran as well, but we’ve got good cover in that position.”


However, the Scotland manager is learning not to get exasperated about selection issues.

“There are always issues when it comes to squad selection, people in the squad and not in the squad,” he said. “I’m learning on the job and not to read too much into squad selection, team selection, not to think about it too much until you have actually got the players in camp.

“I have to focus on the players that come. My job is to try and build a squad that comes 100 per cent committed, everyone committed ready to come here and do their best for their country, and that’s what I am trying to do.”

Clarke has lost centre-backs Charlie Mulgrew and Stuart Findlay to hamstring injuries, while Sporting Kansas City attacker Johnny Russell is unavailable after picking up a minor injury just before the end of the American season.

Robert Snodgrass is another player to drop out of the previous squad after announcing his international retirement. The winger played in the 4-0 defeat by Russia last month but left the squad before the victory over San Marino.

Defenders Scott McKenna and Liam Cooper return after injury while Ryan Jack and Oli McBurnie are selected after withdrawing from the last squad through injury.

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And Steven Naismith is back in the fold after being ruled out with knee and hamstring injuries over the last 12 months, even though he has only made one substitute appearance for Hearts since recovering from the muscle problem.

Scotland squad: Craig Macgillivray, David Marshall, Jon McLaughlin, Liam Cooper, Michael Devlin, Declan Gallagher, Scott McKenna, Stephen O’Donnell, Liam Palmer, Andy Robertson, Greg Taylor, Stuart Armstrong, Ryan Christie, John Fleck, Ryan Jack, John McGinn, Callum McGregor, Kenny McLean, Scott McTominay, Oliver Burke, James Forrest, Ryan Fraser, Oli McBurnie, Steven Naismith, Lawrence Shankland.

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