The former Celtic star underwent surgery on a knee injury which will keep him out for the remainder of the season.
He delivered an update confirming the surgery went well but he is viewed as touch-and-go for the Scotland game.
Tierney has proven himself to be one of the most important, if not the most important player to Steve Clarke, helping the back three function so well from his left-sided centre-back position.
Kingsley may be the closest player to a like-for-like change after impressing in the same role in the same system for much of the season for Hearts. He’s even demonstrated his ability as a centre-back in a back four.
The 27-year-old is strong in the air, composed in possession and from the left of a back three is very able at bringing the ball out of defence or providing over and under-lapping runs, working in tandem with the left wing-back, akin to that relationship between Tierney and Andy Robertson.
In addition, he’s the top scoring defender in the Premiership, alongside Rangers’ James Tavernier, after notching his sixth goal in Saturday’s 3-1 win over Hibs.
“It’s something I’ve not focused on too much,” Kingsley admitted when asked about a Scotland call-uop.
"I just need to focus on doing well with Hearts, if that leads to a call-up then we’ll take it from there. I’ve kept that mentality all season that I’ll focus on here so whatever happens outwith here happens and I feel I’ve done quite well this season, so I’m going to stick with that.
Hearts team-mate Craig Gordon is a key member of Steve Clarke's squad, while Craig Halkett was a recent call-up, showing the pathway is there.
“Halkett’s is deserved, absolutely deserved,” Kingsley, who has one Scotland cap to his name, said.
"There’s been boys that have done very well and have deserved their call-ups and hopefully there’s more to come, but all anyone can do is to just keep focusing on the next game and if that results in a call-up then brilliant.”