Kieran Tierney 'surprised' to captain Scotland against Netherlands

Quincy Promes and Kieran Tierney
Kieran Tierney holds off Quincy Promes during Scotland's loss to Netherlands

Kieran Tierney admits he was "surprised" to be given the captain's armband for Scotland's friendly with the Netherlands.

The Celtic left-back, 20, led a new-look Scots side in Thursday's 1-0 friendly defeat at Pittodrie.

"It was an incredible feeling when the gaffer told me he was going to make me captain," said Tierney.

"I was surprised, I am so young, but it's great faith he showed in me and I really appreciate that."

Tierney has previously skippered Celtic and took his tally of Scotland caps to nine.

"It's a massive honour," he said. "That's me captained club and country and it doesn't get much bigger than that. I'm really grateful for the chances I have been given.

"It's crazy. I just try to work hard every single day, keep level-headed. That's all I can do, and where it takes me, it takes me."

Scotland, who started with debutants Ryan Jack, Callum McGregor and Ryan Christie, fell behind to a first-half Memphis Depay strike in Aberdeen. Uncapped Jason Cummings came off the bench in the second half.

Tierney was deployed at centre-half with Christophe Berra in a back four.

"I have played it a couple of times, maybe I'm a bit more used to it as a back five, but wherever I'm told to play, I will try my hardest," added Tierney, who has also played at right-back for Scotland.

Virgil van Dijk and Ryan Christie
Christie (right) up against Southampton's Virgil van Dijk

'No rush for Tierney to leave Celtic'

Against Netherlands, Tierney came up against former Celtic team-mate Virgil van Dijk, who was playing for the Scottish champions when Tierney came on for his debut at Dundee in April 2015.

Now at Southampton, Van Dijk believes Tierney should be in no rush to leave Parkhead for a possible move south to one of England's Premier League clubs.

Tierney recently signed a new long-term contract at Celtic until 2023.

"He's been doing very well and I think Celtic are very smart to tie him down for the next six years," Van Dijk said. "It's good to see him as the captain as well.

"I don't even know if he wants to go to the Premier League. Celtic is an amazing club for him as well and I don't think there is any rush for him to leave.

"I can remember that day he made his debut at Dundee. Since then he has been progressing every game. He was the captain of his country and that's very special at 20 years old."

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