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Celtic star tipped to break country’s 31-year record by manager

Celtic left-back Kieran Tierney has been tipped by Scotland interim manager Malky Mackay to become the country’s next player with more than a century appearances to his name.

Only Hoops legend Kenny Dalglish has above 100 caps for Scotland, with his last game – his 102nd – coming in 1986.

Tierney captained the Scots for the first time against Netherlands during Thursday’s international friendly, and despite being unable to help prevent a 1-nil loss to the Dutch, Mackay believes the Celtic star has everything it takes to become the permanent skipper in the future.

Speaking about the 20-year-old, who now has 9 caps, post-match, the caretaker boss enthused: “If Kieran stays injury-free and continues the progression I have seen in the last couple of years then he can win over 100 caps, without a doubt.

“He has an attitude to die for. He just eats, sleeps and breathes football. I asked him to play out of position at centre-back. He immediately said, ‘Of course’.

“I said to him, ‘How do you fancy captaining your country?’ – you could see the smile from ear to ear.

“He carried that out on Thursday night as if it was an Under-23 game in terms of his demeanour. I can see him going on and being Scotland’s captain for years.”

Tierney continues to prove himself in both club’s and country’s colours, and can definitely go all the way to break Scotland’s all-time appearance record.

Missing out on Russia 2018 is without a doubt a huge blow on the youngster, as the showpiece would have given him the chance to announce himself to the world at large.

Nevertheless, Tierney will have a chance to add to his tally with Scotland set to play 2 friendlies during a visit to Morocco in March, while there are also 2 autumn games before the Euro 2020 qualifying campaign kicks off.