Scotland manager Gordon Strachan has urged his squad to show the bravery that Kieran Tierney has shown for Celtic when his side take on their Auld Enemies England at Hampden Park next Saturday.
The Bhoys starlet is expected to need to wear protection on his face in the huge World Cup qualifier after being felled by a stray arm from Aberdeen forward Jayden Stockley in the Scottish Cup final last weekend.
Tierney was taken to hospital after that game having lost two teeth in the collision but that has not stopped the Celtic defender from declaring himself available for the match against England.
Speaking to the press, Strachan highlighted the Hoops left-back’s fortitude and suggested it was a trait he would like to see throughout his side on Saturday.
“Yes, absolutely. Be brave and stand up and win individual battles and don’t be scared of the occasion or what you’re playing against,” The Telegraph quote him as saying.
“That’s why Kieran’s very important. He’s not scared of anybody but he’s not arrogant. He has a real belief in himself to go one to one with anybody which, as I say, is very unusual in football.
“Everybody wants [to be] protected. Everybody wants to go where they cannot be got at and go into hiding places. He doesn’t do that.”
The Scottish Young Player of the Year has earned many plaudits this season for his performances at Parkhead and his bravery is likely to see him become an even more important member of the Scotland squad for many years to come.
Celtic will be keen to hold onto Tierney also, with the homegrown defender a key man in Brendan Rodgers’ Hoops squad.