Invincible backs Invincible: Arsenal legend suggests former Celtic man Kieran Tierney for captaincy

By Euan Davidson

March 3, 2021

Celtic Academy graduate Kieran Tierney is being backed for the Arsenal captaincy.

Ray Parlour, who was part of Arsenal’s invincible 03-04 season [Goal], is impressed with the former Celtic man. During a difficult season for the Gunners, KT has shone and has won the adoration of Arsenal supporters worldwide.

That’s some degree of vindication for Celtic supporters. When Tierney first moved south, he carried doubts with him. The Scottish game is, of course, much derided by our southern counterparts. In just two seasons, Tierney has become a leader in the dressing room and on the pitch.

Parlour told TalkSport:

“I really like his attitude.

“He turns up every week, you can see the desire when he’s playing; he really wants to win every game.

“[Tierney] gives 100 per cent and is fantastic down that left hand side. That’s where Arsenal are most dangerous, that’s where the deliveries come from into the box.

“He’s been a brilliant signing, and he’s a really good lad as well; he’s really down to earth.

“He could probably be the Arsenal captain in the future.”

Kieran Tierney: a fan-favourite and serial winner / (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

After success of Kieran Tierney, it’s no wonder Celtic are braced for another Arsenal bid

Given KT’s success in the capital, it’s little surprise other moves have been touted. Last night, reports emerged linking Odsonne Edouard to the Gunners.

While Tierney is arguably a generational Celtic talent, his example has proven many sceptics wrong. Signed for what now seems like a bargain at £25m [Sky Sports], there’s surely enough evidence that Celtic produce top-tier talents.

If more evidence were needed, the examples of Virgil van Dijk and Victor Wanyama have been Premier League successes. That isn’t to say that Celtic need validation from English football supporters. It’s more that our clubs often receive derisory bids for their obvious talent. Brighton’s chase for Moussa Dembélé was laughable, while £20m seems incredibly cheap for Odsonne Edouard.

In some aspects, it feels like little has changed since Celtic drew Blackburn Rovers on the Seville run. At that time, Graeme Sounness’ team were at best, a half-decent Premiership outfit. However, they were expected to beat the Hoops with ease. You know the rest of that story.

Maybe, in time, talent in the Scottish Premiership will start to get the recognition it deserves.

It’s way, way overdue.

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