Matt Macey has completed a permanent switch to Scottish Premiership side Hibernian after his spell at Arsenal came to and end – and the 6ft 7in goalkeeper has told all about how Kieran Tierney convinced him over a move.
Macey, 26, has left Arsenal after seven years at the club in which he managed just two senior appearances for the Gunners. He joins a Hibernian side that are fighting to finish third in the Scottish Premiership table.
Tierney played 170 times in all competitions for Celtic, breaking through the ranks at his boyhood club and remaining a fan favourite even after he left the Scottish champions. No-one better, then, to discuss Macey’s move.
The goalkeeper explained how Tierney convinced him that a move north of the border would be beneficial to him – stating that Tierney backed the “gut feeling” he had about Scotland, even if it is a different green and white to Celtic.
“I spoke to Kieran about coming to Hibs, about Scottish football and the country in general. Kieran was really positive about every aspect of it, whether it was the club or Edinburgh itself,” Macey told the Hibernian’s website.
“It was good to hear him talk so enthusiastically about it all. He backed up the gut feeling I had. Kieran’s someone I have a lot of time for and he’s one of the first names on the team-sheet – if not the first – at Arsenal just now.”
TBR’s view – Macey needed move
It had got to the point that if Macey was to have a career, he needed to play football. Ofir Marciano remains at the club, while Dillon Barnes is first choice while on loan from QPR.
Hibernian have lost their last three matches, failing to score in those three games. Macey, if he is to start, will be thrown in at the deep end and given he has come from Arsenal, big things will be expected. But he needed a move.