Celtic legend Davie Hay believes Keiran Tierney is a step ahead of national teammate Andrew Robertson.
Comparisons between the pair often move into full lens during the international break as Scotland look to find a place for the two left-backs.
Manager Alex McLeish has unsuccessfully experimented with Robertson in an unfamiliar wing-back role ahead of Tierney as a left-sided central defender.
Such was their poor form in the system that Scotland have recently reverted to a back four, with McLeish having been expected to deploy Tierney in a right-back role prior to his withdrawal from the squad.
Discussing the pair, Hay wrote in the Evening Times: “There always seems to be a debate now whenever the two are in the Scotland squad about how they play together or who goes where.”
“But they are both excellent players. Robertson is playing consistently at a higher level given the demands of the English Premier League but defensively I think Tierney edges it while I also think he is more powerful.”
Robertson, who was handed the Scotland captaincy in September, may not have quite replicated his sparkling club form on the international stage, but it perhaps misguided to suggest he is behind the Celtic man.
The former Hull City star has established himself as one of the Premier League’s most productive and well-rounded left-backs, playing an instrumental role in Liverpool’s defensive improvement and emerging as a valuable attacking outlet.
His cross for Xherdan Shaqiri in last week’s win over Fulham means he is currently the Reds’ top assist-maker with five across all competitions.
Though Tierney is a gifted prospect and likely destined to move to England in the near future, it is slightly hasty to put him above Robertson.