Kieran Tierney on the "out of body" experience he had at Celtic

By Euan Davidson

February 25, 2022

Arsenal and Scotland defender Kieran Tierney has reflected on the incredible relationship he had with the Celtic supporters, being one himself.

Tierney, always Celtic-mad, lived his dream by playing for his bhoyhood idols. Not just playing either; thriving under Brendan Rodgers in an era of incredible success. In all, Tierney won 5 league titles, 3 Scottish Cups and 3 League Cups in the Green and White.

What sticks with him most, though? Being in front of the standing section, with a megaphone in his hand. Able to see his childhood friends while leading a chorus for the celebrating Celtic supporters, Tierney really did have some incredible times at the club.

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Tierney told Arsenal’s in-house media [Arsenal]: “Stuff like that was just… just wow.

“You will never be able to compare that feeling to anything else in the world. It was seriously like an out-of-body experience.

“I’ve got the megaphone and I’m leading the chants with people I used to actually sit in the stands with. I was on the pitch, looking straight at my mates who I grew up with, who are down there at the front singing with you. Stuff like that is fairytale stuff. It’s not until you talk about it afterwards, or watch it back that I realise how insane, how incredible it was.

“You know what, I’ve never done an interview about this before, or really spoken about it much. People just assume it means a lot to me so don’t ask about it, but when I think about it now, it really was incredible. What an experience that was. What a feeling it would be, for anyone.”

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Kieran Tierney sparks some fond memories for Celtic supporters

Those were the days, eh?

While there’s a lot of the feel-good factor back at Celtic Park, it’ll take something really special to repeat the feeling of winning everything available, especially with guys like Kieran Tierney, Callum McGregor and Scott Brown in the team. Following on from Ronny Deila’s work, Brendan Rodgers built something really remarkable there.

And you could tell it meant everything for Tierney. Having grown up in a Celtic-daft household, and having been been at the club from a really young age, just like current captain Callum McGregor, it’s that bit more significant when you can put smiles on the faces of supporters.

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There can’t really be anything quite like going back to the sections of the crowd you used to sing and shout from, with a trophy in your hand.

Unfortunately, Kieran Tierney hasn’t been a Celtic player since 2019. His move, though, was an entirely justifiable one. He’s now being linked with Barcelona and Real Madrid, which speaks for itself. It’s a shame there isn’t a better pool of talent around him at Arsenal.

Maybe he’ll be back as a player one day. But one thing’s for sure; when Kieran Tierney is finished playing, he’ll be back in a corner of Celtic Park, possibly with a megaphone in his hand.

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