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Kieran Tierney released by Scotland due to ‘loading difficulty’ | Football News

Christie, Devlin and Mackay-Steven called up in their place

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Kieran Tierney has played 22 matches this season

Kieran Tierney has played 22 matches this season

Kieran Tierney has played 22 matches this season

Celtic’s Kieran Tierney has been released from the Scotland squad to avoid burnout, with West Ham’s Robert Snodgrass withdrawing due to injury.

Scotland’s coaching staff recognise Tierney has played a lot of football this season and have allowed him to return to Celtic to rest. The 21-year-old has featured in 22 matches this term.

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Hearts’ John Souttar and Blackburn’s Charlie Mulgrew have also left the squad due to injury ahead of Sunday’s friendly against Portugal, live on Sky Sports.

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Highlights of the UEFA Nations League Group C game between Israel and Scotland

Highlights of the UEFA Nations League Group C game between Israel and Scotland

Celtic’s Ryan Christie and Aberdeen duo Michael Devlin and Gary Mackay-Steven have been called up by Scotland boss Alex McLeish in their place.

Manchester United’s Scott McTominay, who missed Thursday’s Israel defeat with a knee knock, is still in the squad.

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Scotland captain Andrew Robertson was scathing about his own performance in the defeat to Israel in the Nations League

Scotland captain Andrew Robertson was scathing about his own performance in the defeat to Israel in the Nations League

Mulgrew and Souttar both picked up problems during Thursday’s match, while Snodgrass was not deemed fit enough to make the bench.

Scotland started with Tierney, Mulgrew and Souttar in a back three on Thursday, but it looks increasingly likely McLeish will opt for a back four against Portugal with only three recognised centre-backs left in his squad.

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