Scotland will be without Kieran Tierney and Scott McKenna against Ukraine

Scotland are hit by a gruesome double injury blow… as Premier League duo Kieran Tierney and Scott McKenna are BOTH ruled out of their crucial Nations League game against Ukraine

  • Scotland meets Ukraine in the Nations League in Kraków on Tuesday
  • Scotland need a point to advance to Pool A of the Nations League
  • They have to get that result without Kieran Tierney and Scott McKenna
  • The two defenders will both be unavailable after picking up injuries
  • They were replaced in the squad by Stephen Kingsley and Barrie McKay

Scotland suffered a heavy double whammy on Sunday night when Kieran Tierney and Scott McKenna were ruled out in Tuesday night’s crucial Nations League clash against Ukraine.

Steve Clarke, who was already missing Manchester United’s Scott McTominay through a suspension, rushed to call out Hearts duo Stephen Kingsley and Barrie McKay ahead of Monday afternoon’s flight to Kraków.

Starters in the 2-1 win over the Republic of Ireland at Hampden, the double defeat of Arsenal’s Tierney and Nottingham Forest centre-back McKenna represents a setback to hopes of clinching the only point Scotland need to secure a EURO play -off and secure promotion to Pool A of the Nations League.

Kieran Tierney has been ruled out for Scotland's game against Ukraine on Tuesday night

Kieran Tierney has been ruled out for Scotland’s game against Ukraine on Tuesday night

Scott McKenna also has to sit out the Scots game in Kraków due to injury

Scott McKenna also has to sit out the Scots game in Kraków due to injury

Tierney was the victim of a harmless collision with Ireland attacker Troy Parrott and fell to the ground before the break, clutching his head.

Due to concussion protocols reluctant to leave the fight, the full-back was forced to return to his club Arsenal for further investigation.

With no sign of injury in the drama of a late win over Ireland, McKenna’s withdrawal with a strained knee is more unexpected. The loss of the 25-year-old, solid in back-to-back victories over Ukraine and Ireland, prompted a call-up for 28-year-old Hearts left-back Stephen Kingsley.

Kingsley and club-mate McKay earned their only international caps in June 2016 in a Euro 2016 warm-up against France, which ended in a 3-0 defeat.

Stephen Kingsley was called up to the Scotland squad as a late replacement

Stephen Kingsley was called up to the Scotland squad as a late replacement

Barrie McKay was also added to Steve Clarke's squad ahead of her trip to Kraków

Barrie McKay was also added to Steve Clarke’s squad ahead of her trip to Kraków

Meanwhile, Callum McGregor has urged Scotland to seize the chance to compete with Europe’s elite nations.

Victory in Group 1 of League B would guarantee Clarke’s side a place in the Euro 2024 play-offs – as well as the chance of a more favorable draw in the qualifying draw on October 9 in Frankfurt.

However, Celtic skipper McGregor believes promotion to League A – and a chance to play against nations like Spain, Germany and Belgium – would be a real indicator of the progress the side have made in recent years.

“That’s where we want to go,” he said. “That was the aim and goal for us when the Nations League started and we were in Pot C.

Callum McGregor wants Scotland to take their chance and get promoted to Pool A of the Nations League

Callum McGregor wants Scotland to take their chance and get promoted to Pool A of the Nations League

“We wanted to get the pots up and play against better teams and that would ultimately develop the team and make the players better.

“That’s where we want to be and we understand the impact of the group and that game on Tuesday night.

“It’s a big game for us and we have to do everything we can to perform.

“We understand that we are now in an excellent position to lead the group. Now it’s just a matter of getting this job done.

“We’re going to try to take the emotion out of doing everything right and try to lead the group.”

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