"It'd be a pleasure to play under him"; says former Celtic man and Arsenal fan favourite Kieran Tierney
Kieran Tierney claims Celtic captain Scott Brown will be a “top manager”.
Currently wowing supporters for Arsenal, left-back Kieran Tierney looked destined to take the Celtic captaincy one day. Instead, he’s impressing for both club and country, but he still keeps in close touch with his friend Scott Brown.
Brown was instrumental in welcoming KT to the first-team fold. Having broken through due to an Emilio Izaguirre injury, Tierney made the left-back spot his own from 15-16 to 18-19 [Transfermarkt], before a blockbuster move to London [BBC].
Happy as he seems, there’s always a hint of nostalgia to KT’s words. But with Scott Brown leaving Celtic to embark on a new venture with Aberdeen and manager Stephen Glass, Tierney stressed how good Broony could become as a manager himself.
Tierney told Sky Sports:
“He’ll be a top manager, because he’s a winner. That’s one thing, he likes to win, he knows how to win. It’d be a pleasure to play under him.
“He’d be some manager, he’d get everyone working for him, so yeah, he’ll be a great manager one day for sure.
“[Aberdeen] is obviously a great move for him and what he wants to do… in his career.”
Firstly: come back, Kieran Tierney. Secondly: it’s hard to argue with him, as per
Kieran Tierney is by no means a controversial interviewee. He’s got character, certainly, but you never find yourself going “What’d he just say?” when listening to (or transcribing) one of his chats with the media.
So, needless to say, nothing he’s said here seems beyond comprehension, nor does it sound unlikely. Scott Brown has all the tools to step up to coaching, and it’ll be fascinating to see him combine playing and being a leader from the dugout. If anyone had the work rate to attempt to be in two places at once, it’s Broony.
It does leave you with a tinge of sadness. Of the 16-17 Invincibles, only Kristoffer Ajer, Anthony Ralston, Tom Rogic, James Forrest, Callum McGregor, Mikey Johnston and Leigh Griffiths remain at the club. At least half of those names are likely to be moved on in the summer.
Oh, for a few more years with that squad. Time moves on, though, and here’s a scenario to imagine just in case you’re feeling nostalgic:
What if Kieran Tierney retired at Celtic with Scott Brown as manager?