Kieran Tierney: the qualification for the Scottish World Cup in our hands


Kieran Tierney hailed a huge result for Scotland in Austria and said World Cup qualification is now firmly in our hands.

A 1-0 win in Vienna, thanks to a Lyndon Dykes penalty following a VAR check, put the Scots second in Group F behind runaway leaders Denmark and they now have a huge opportunity to grab this place for dams.

Muirhouse-born Arsenal star Tierney won his 26th cap and delivered another stellar performance for his country.

And he says it’s a hugely important victory in the qualifying campaign scheme, with Israel’s third place – one point behind – following in Hampden on October 9.

“It was a good result for us. I think we needed it for our confidence,” Tierney said.

“We did not start the week well with the result [in Denmark], but we only lost one game in that group and it was against the seeds.

“It was great for us [Dykes’ penalty], we had to score.

“It gave us the confidence that we could go on and do – and get the clean sheet as well.

“I think it’s very important. It means second place is under our control now, it’s in our hands and we have to go out and win games.

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“There is still a lot to do and there are still big games to come.

“I’m sure the fans will come out [in their numbers].

“They are going to create a great atmosphere and this is a game that we are all passionate about already.”

Tierney has been outstanding on the left and has helped keep players like Marko Arnautovic from Bologna to Vienna at bay.

Austrian Marko Arnautovic on the pitch before the match

The 24-year-old added: “It was difficult because I had a lot to do with their striker.

“He’s tall, he’s physical and it was a tough task for me, but I tried to hold onto and push him away.

“They also gave me a lot of crosses. I think I was the target to look for, but I just did my best and did what I could.”

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