Kieran Tierney was a surprise omission from Scotland’s squad to face the Czech Republic. The Arsenal full-back was injured in training and missed their Euro 2020 opener on Monday. Steve Clarke is hopeful he will be fit for Scotland’s clash with England on Saturday. Tierney has established himself as one of the top full-backs in the Premier League at Arsenal.

WHAT’S BEEN SAID?

Clarke says Tierney is recuperating from a thump that he got in preparing last week, yet is hopeful that he can return on schedule for Scotland’s crunch experience against England on Friday.

“HE’S HAD A NIGGLE DURING THE WEEK,”

“HE’S NOT PREPARED FOR THIS ONE, HOWEVER IDEALLY THE FOLLOWING ONE.”

TIERNEY’S RECORD FOR SCOTLAND

Tierney will be a major miss for Scotland in the wake of including in both of their warm-up games against the Netherlands and Luxembourg recently.

Those two trips saw the Gunners star increment his take of covers to 21, having at first made his worldwide introduction as a youngster in 2016.

WHO ELSE HAS PASSED UP A GREAT OPPORTUNITY?

The other most outstanding non-attendant from Clarke’s beginning XI was Southampton front man Che Adams, who has needed to manage with a spot on the seat with Queens Park Rangers striker Lyndon Dykes and Celtic’s Ryan Christie driving the line.

The Scotland manager says his choice depended on the reality Dykes performed well against the Czech Republic in their UEFA Nations League win last year prior to connecting up to incredible impact with Christie against Serbia in the European Championship end of the season games.

Said Clarke.

“LYNDON WAS AN INCREDIBLY, PERSUASIVE PLAYER AGAINST THE CZECH REPUBLIC IN SEPTEMBER, HE AND RYAN WERE AMAZING AGAINST SERBIA AND MERIT THE OPPORTUNITY TO PLAY HERE ONCE MORE,”

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