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‘Cracking player’: League winning defender now thinks £110k-a-week Arsenal man could get even better
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‘Cracking player’: League winning defender now thinks £110k-a-week Arsenal man could get even better

Arsenal currently have one of the most exciting young squads in European football.

The number of players who are already playing at a brilliant level that have plenty of time to keep improving is very exciting for Arsenal fans.

In an interview with Football Scotland, Celtic defender Greg Taylor was speaking about one Arsenal player in particular.

The 25-year-old has stepped up for Celtic team at full-back, and started every match for them in the Champions League this season.

He’s already won the two Scottish league titles at Celtic, but admits he still looks to former teammate Kieran Tierney for advice.

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Taylor has been tasked with filling Tierney’s shoes at Parkhead since he made the move to Arsenal in 2019.

The pair are good friends, and Tierney admitted earlier in the season that Taylor has been playing brilliantly for Celtic.

However, Taylor has now repaid the compliment, and believes that Tierney could keep improving at Arsenal.

It’s easy to forget Tierney is just 25 given he’s been around for so long.

He made his Scottish Premiership debut back in 2015 as a 17-year-old, and quickly became a fan’s favourite.

In the end, Celtic never tried to stop Tierney leaving, but that’s because they knew he was destined for the very highest level.

Taylor thinks Tierney could improve even more

Speaking to Football Scotland about his fellow Scottish full-back, Taylor said: “He’s a good friend as well as a cracking player. Kieran has always encouraged me.

“We keep in touch a lot and it’s good to pick his brains for a bit of knowledge — but sometimes it’s good just chatting about nonsense.

“He always speaks highly of others and that speaks volumes for the type of guy he is. And what a player he is too. It’s my turn to speak highly of him because he’s unbelievable.

“Those were tough boots to fill, he’s some player.

“There’s always comparisons made. He had that as well in his career but he’s played so many games and I’m sure there’s so much more to come from him.

“Will someone be getting compared to me in a few years? Let’s hope so!”

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Tierney will be encouraged that Taylor thinks he can continue to improve and get better.

The £110,000-a-week player has had to watch much of Arsenal’s incredible start to the league campaign from the bench.

The arrival of Oleksandr Zinchenko has limited his game time significantly.

And even when the Ukrainian was injured, Ben White and Takehiro Tomiyasu have been Mikel Arteta’s chosen full-backs.

Tierney’s in the perfect environment to improve, with Arteta trying to develop a number of young stars into world-beating players.

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