Arsenal legend Ray Parlour says Kieran Tierney’s return to the Scotland squad would be a 'massive boost' for Steve Clarke ahead of their game against England on Friday.

The former Celtic full back missed Scotland’s opening day defeat to the Czech Republic with a minor injury, but it is hoped he will be fit for the trip to Wembley.

Parlour told “Tierney coming back for them would be a massive boost. We know they’ve got other good players too – Robertson, McTominay, McGinn.

“Scotland created a few chances against the Czechs, I don’t think they played too badly, but Steve Clarke won’t have to say too much to get them fired up for the England game on Friday.

“If they can get a draw I think that’s a great result for Scotland but, who knows, if they can sneak a win they’ll suddenly find themselves in a great position.”

While the former England goalkeeper admitted he was wary of Scotland’s threat he says he’s still confident Gareth Southgate’s players will win.

He said: “When you look at it on paper, it’s not a bad Scotland team is it? And if they can get Tierney fit and in there then it’ll be even better.

“I think it’ll be an interesting game, but I can’t see loads of goals. Both teams will be set up to make themselves hard to beat, be compact and take any chances that come.

“If Scotland are to take a chance first, then we know they can defend, so that could make for an interesting game. But I’ve got to go with England, they’ve got a bit more quality in the frontline and I would probably expect a 1-0 or 2-0 win.”

One man Parlour was quick to defend after a quiet opening game was England talisman Harry Kane.

The forward missed a few chances against Croatia on Saturday, but Parlour insists the Manchester City target will be back to his best against Scotland.

He said: “He certainly wasn’t himself but the standards he has set for himself are extraordinarily high so when he drops below that standard he gets questioned.

“I’m sure he’s fine, he’s experienced enough to know he didn’t have a great game but that he can put it behind him and make sure he’s ready for Scotland.

“It was an indifferent game but I’m sure Southgate will still be feeling that Kane will play a major part in this tournament because we all know how good he is. It was just an off game, everybody has them.”

Scotland take on England at Wembley on Friday and will be hoping for a positive result to keep their chances of progressing alive. Kick-off for the game is at 8pm.