Arsenal have completed the signing of Kieran Tierney from Celtic after he passed a medical with the London club yesterday.
BBC Sport report that Tierney joined the Gunners for £25 million.
He was named PFA Scotland Young Player of the Year and Celtic Young Player of the Year for three consecutive seasons from 2015/16 to 2017/18, but injuries limited him to just 21 Premiership appearances last term.
Former Celtic striker Charlie Nicholas spoke highly of Tierney on Sky Sports today, saying: “Tierney has improved a lot, he’d be better than what Arsenal currently have.
He added: “I think the time is right for him to move on. Celtic fans might ask why he doesn’t stay for nine in a row. That’s not guaranteed; neither is 10. Going to a big club like Arsenal, in the Premier League, you can’t guarantee trophies, but they are signing a very good left-back who can get better.”
Tierney was not in the Hoops’ travelling party on Tuesday night for their Champions League qualifier away to CFR Cluj, as reported by the Daily Record, with Boli Bolingoli again filling the left-back slot for Neil Lennon’s side.
The Belgian has played in all six of Celtic’s games so far this season, lining up at left-back in all but one, but his performances have earned mixed reviews.
Football Scotland writer Jonathan McFarlane described him as “explosive going forward“, but former Celtic goalkeeper Pat Bonner has said that Bolingoli needs to improve the defensive side of his game when speaking to BBC Sportsound.
It is much too early in Bolingoli’s Celtic career to make an assured judgement as to whether he will be a success, but he certainly faced a sizeable task in replacing Tierney permanently.
The Scotland left-back’s inclusion in the PFA Scotland Team of the Year for three consecutive seasons testifies to his consistently high performances in the Scottish Premiership, while Chris Sutton tweeted that he was “every bit as good” as Aaron Wan-Bissaka, who cost Manchester United £50m this summer.
Bolingoli could prove to be an excellent addition yet, but Celtic will almost certainly miss Tierney’s consistency and attacking prowess massively.
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