Scott Brown has been quoted by the Herald as saying that he could see new Arsenal signing and former Celtic defender Kieran Tierney go on to play for the likes of Barcelona or Paris Saint-Germain.
Tierney, 22, completed a £25million move (BBC) to Arsenal on deadline-day, where he has signed a five-year deal. The move ends months of speculation surrounding the wonderkid left-back’s future.
It comes after Tierney starred for his boyhood club in Scotland, a club he has supported since he was young. He played 170 times in the senior team, scoring eight goals and laying on an astounding 37 assists.
Brown and Tierney had a strong relationship and the Hoops skipper reckons Tierney could go on to play for some of the best clubs in Europe – naming Barcelona and PSG – if he continues to shine in north London.
“You don’t know what could happen,” Brown said. “He could have a fantastic couple of seasons and end up at Barcelona or PSG or wherever.
“There are pictures on the wall all over the club of players who have left, and everyone would wish them all the best. They can come back as well, that’s what this club is all about.”
TBR’s view – Tierney needs to turn potential into Arsenal quality
Yes, Tierney has shone for Celtic and was integral to their treble treble. But he has moved to the best league in the world, now. He must show the same quality he showed in Scotland, but now at Arsenal.
The figure of £25million is enough to weigh some players down, while the challenge at Arsenal is slightly different to the one at Celtic. At Arsenal, a top-four finish is the Gunners’ aim, while Celtic were expected to win everything.
If a move to Barca or PSG is to materialise, Tierney must bring his best Celtic form to the Emirates. Celtic and Brown play host CFR Cluj in the second round of the third qualifying leg for the Champions League on Tuesday night.