Arsenal Europa League hero Kieran Tierney sends message of support to Celtic coach

By Euan Davidson

February 26, 2021

Former Celtic player and current Arsenal star Kieran Tierney has shown his support for John Kennedy.

KT, who played under Kennedy at both development level and the first team, helped Arsenal significantly last night. The left-back scored in the 67th minute to help the Gunners mount a salvage job against Benfica in the Europa League [Guardian]. His performances in North London have won him adulation and calls for the captaincy.

However, amongst all the post-match Arsenal noise of last night, Kieran Tierney had time to wish an old friend good luck. Kennedy will take in his first match as interim boss on Saturday, against Aberdeen.

In a tweet, KT said:

Former Celtic hero Kieran Tierney / (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

Arsenal star Kieran Tierney showing his love for Celtic

Despite KT leaving Celtic in 2019, there’s still a great deal of affection for the Celtic Academy graduate. And the feeling’s mutual.

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Earlier this month, the Arsenal defender said he’d go back to following Celtic home and away after retirement. In the Arsenal match programme prior to meeting Leeds in the Premier League, Kieran Tierney said:

“When I finish playing I’ll be back in Scotland, no doubt going back to my old life of supporting Celtic home and away again! I’ll be back there doing something anyway.

“I’ll definitely live in Scotland when I finish playing, too per cent. I miss it every day.”

With his latest show of support for interim boss John Kennedy, it’s clear that affection for Celtic isn’t diminishing. If anything, it’s grown, with KT being out of the set-up at Celtic Park for nearly two years at this point.

Even despite Greg Taylor’s emergence as a star this season, Celtic do miss the roving left-back. Certainly, his leadership, passion and drive would’ve helped Neil Lennon to no end, especially in a 3-5-2 that the former boss was keen on using.

The £25m that the Gunners spent is looking increasingly like a bargain, with some top-class performances south of the border.

He is, however, impressing Piers Morgan. The veteran journalist and “personality” will inevitably want to meet the Arsenal star.

So, not everything is going 100% well for the left-back.

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