Arsenal and Celtic fan-favourite Kieran Tierney backs interim boss John Kennedy

By Euan Davidson

March 19, 2021

Former Celtic and current Arsenal fan’s favourite Kieran Tierney has backed John Kennedy.

Tierney, who made his first-team breakthrough under Ronny Deila, spoke to Sky Sports last night. In an interview, he passionately backed the interim boss. Tierney suggested his experience and popularity with players makes him the informed choice for Celtic Football Club.

Tierney told Sky Sports:

“He has to do what he has to do. [Kennedy] has his own ideas on how to play football. I worked with him for years under three different managers, I know how good he is.

“If I was a player I would be hoping he gets it, to be honest. I know how good he can be with players, how much he’s learned from different managers, the experience he’s got.”

Kennedy is by no means the favourite to get the job. Europe-based managers such as Jesse Marsch and Jindřich Trpišovský are preferred by some supporters, while the likes of Roy Keane and Eddie Howe are also subject to speculation.

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Tierney, however, has 100% more experience playing for Celtic than any of us do. It’s interesting that the left-back is now the second ex-Celtic player to throw their weight behind Kennedy. Scott Allan suggested that the interim manager would be the players’ choice.

Kieran Tierney in action for Arsenal / (Photo by Chloe Knott – Danehouse/Getty Images)

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Still a very popular figure in Glasgow, as well as London, of course, Tierney was typically diplomatic when asked about Sunday. Tedious “guard of honour” discourse has dominated headlines this week. KT, however, was in no mood to feed the story.

When asked by Sky Sports, Tierney responded:

“It’s no up to me. You know what it’s like up there, that’s all I’m saying.”

A die-hard Celtic supporter, even still, Tierney spoke about “us” when referring to Celtic’s chances on Sunday. He sounded as determined as he did when he played for Celtic.

“It’s a massive game to get the win. They’re obviously still unbeaten in the league. [Celtic have] had a lot of time training, and that’s good. Hopefully this weekend will be a good result for us.”

It’s hard not to miss the Arsenal star.

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