Hoops starlet Kieran Tierney has shown his strong character following Scotland’s failure to qualify for the 2018 World Cup, and insists that he and his national team counterparts will be stronger than ever in their next campaign for a major tournament.

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The Celtic star has really come to the fore for his national team and the tender age of 20, having already made 91 appearances for his club as well as being a key member of Gordon Strachan’s national side.

Tierney was influential for the Scots in what was nearly a very well-managed campaign, but they fell at the last hurdle, losing their final game of the qualification stage when they needed three points to secure a play-off for a World Cup place.

Speaking of the heartbreak, Tierney said:

I’m only 20 and that was my first campaign involved with the squad so I’ve still got a lot to learn.

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One thing is for sure I will learn a lot from the experience because it is not something you ever want. As time goes on maybe we’ll be able to look back at the results and be proud of what we achieved as a squad.

Tierney is now looking to the future and Scotland’s qualification campaign for Euro 2020.

The first few games didn’t go to plan obviously. After those matches we were written off as we didn’t get any real results at the beginning. To bounce back from those setbacks and embark on the run we are on says a lot for the squad.

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As hard a night as it was in Slovenia we didn’t actually lose the game so that kept the unbeaten run going. We didn’t get the win but there are positives. The more the campaign went on the better we seemed to get.

Tierney will be a big part of Scotland’s future and will certainly be one of the leaders on the pitch for the Euro 2020 campaign — and Darren Fletcher has reserved special praise for him.

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