Kieran Tierney injury gives Scotland a headache and puts his future on hold

Manager Steve Clarke ponders whether to retain 3-5-2 formation that was designed to accommodate defender

Kieran Tierney had plenty to ponder as he boarded a Friday flight to London. A penny for the thoughts of Steve Clarke as one of his star men succumbed to what appeared to be a serious hamstring injury as he crumpled to the turf during Scotland’s draw with Switzerland.

Tierney, by his own admission, is “heartbroken”. And no wonder, including in terms of the big picture: time and again, fitness woes hamper Tierney just when he seems to be making progress. A summer move from Arsenal not onlyappeared to be on the cards but felt essential. Now, clubs will pause while awaiting news of how long Tierney faces on the sidelines.

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