Kieran Tierney credits Conor McGregor for injury recovery

By daniel.cole

March 20, 2019

Kieran Tierney has thanked UFC megastar Conor McGregor for the help he received during his injury lay off, as reported by the Daily Record.

The Celtic left-back has forged a friendship with the global superstar in recent years through social media.

And Tierney revealed that the Irishman gave him recovery tips during his comeback from a hip injury.

Tierney and McGregor have become close on social media. (photo by Vagelis Georgariou/Action Plus via Getty Images)

Tierney made his comeback against Motherwell last month and told The Daily Record he has the Irishman to thank for his quick recovery.

“Throughout my injury Connor McGregor was brilliant with me,” Tierney explained.

“He has a programme he does on the watt bike that helped him get fit.

“He was giving me tips on that, which was amazing.”

Tierney dubbed McGregor his ‘hero’ and said his advice lifted the Celtic star during his lay off.

McGregor is a well known Celtic fan. (Photo by Steve Babineau/NHLI via Getty Images)

The defender sat out Scotland’s training session in Astana as a precaution. He is expected to take to the field against Kazakhstan in his natural position at left-back.

Captain Andrew Robertson will miss Thursday’s encounter and Tierney will get a rare outing in his proper position.

The Celtic man may even be in line to captain his national side for their opening qualifying fixture for Euro 2020.

Tierney has largely played out of position for Scotland. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

A versatile star

Tierney’s experience with the national team has highlighted his incredible versatility in his play. He has played admirably at right-back as well as centre half for his country.

On Thursday his rare appearance in his favoured position should highlight his natural ability too.

Scotland will be thankful of Tierney’s services this week, so much so they may even reach out to thank McGregor too.