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Major blow for Scots as key man Tierney ruled out of long-awaited return to a major tournament

The Arsenal defender has not made the matchday squad for this afternoon’s Group D game against the Czech Republic.

Scotland's Kieran Tierney.
Scotland's Kieran Tierney.
Image: PA

SCOTLAND WERE DEALT a massive blow ahead of their first major tournament match for 23 years with Arsenal defender Kieran Tierney ruled out of today’s Euro 2020 clash with the Czech Republic.

Tierney has been one of the most consistent performers during Scotland’s improvement under Steve Clarke over the past two years, deputising at centre-back to allow captain Andy Robertson to play in his natural role as a left-back.

The 24-year-old misses out due to a “little niggle” but is likely to return to face England on Friday.

Elsewhere, Clarke has kept faith with a number of key players from play-off wins over Israel and Serbia to finally make it back to a major tournament.

Celtic duo Callum McGregor and Ryan Christie are preferred to Chelsea’s Billy Gilmour and Southampton striker Che Adams.

The Czechs are without suspended defender Ondrej Kudela after his 10-match ban for racially abusing Rangers midfielder Glen Kamara during a Europa League last 16 clash with Slavia Prague.

West Ham duo Vladimir Coufal and Tomas Soucek start, while Bayer Leverkusen’s Patrik Schick leads the line up front.

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