Gordon Strachan: "world class" Kieran Tierney has stepped up another level since leaving Celtic

By Euan Davidson

April 3, 2021

Former Celtic boss Gordon Strachan has lauded the “world class” Kieran Tierney.

Following KT’s heroics against the Faroe Islands, we said that his performances were evidence that Celtic can produce elite talent. That remains the case. Strachan, though, has said that Tierney’s development has been aided by Premier League football.

Scotland have an embarrassment of riches at left-back. A roving, adventurous left-sided defender, Tierney has shown more versatility in his game post-Celtic. He’s been utilised as a centre-back for Arsenal and Scotland. Still with attacking tendencies, Tierney’s well-rounded game has made him a must-pick in both club and international football.

Strachan said [Herald]:

“Kieran was already a very good player when he was at Celtic, and he showed that in the Champions League. But he has stepped up another level since he went to Arsenal.

“For me, Kieran has now followed [Andy] Robertson into that world-class category. You can’t label either of them as left-backs or wing-backs or whatever. The both of them are just two wonderful, competitive players who can play at the top level.

“He’s different, because I’ve met people who are driven towards money and stardom, and he’s not like that. He lives for the day. And every training session and game is the same.

“It is exciting for all Scotland fans to see how far he can take it.”

In this house, we love and support Kieran Tierney / (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

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We’ve already said that Tierney’s success reflects well on Celtic. At a time when we’re wondering who the next break-out Academy star will be, KT’s travails are a welcome reminder. A reminder of how good players can become at Celtic and beyond.

Granted, Tierney is a generational talent in terms of the Celtic Academy. Still, though, his example shows what can happen if you have talent, work extremely hard and work to make yourself part of a squad. He had an opportunity when his hero, Emilio Izaguirre, was injured.

He took it with absolute aplomb, and never looked back.

Who’ll be the next Academy player to make the grade? Adam Montgomery’s move to left-back has potential. Owen Moffat is a highly-regarded striker.

Hopefully we’ll be singing about another homegrown hero in a packed-out Paradise before too long.

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