Kieran Tierney is a very good player at Celtic and confidence is very high that he can transfer that form to the Premier League in the event that he signs for Arsenal.
However, former Gunner and Hoop star Charlie Nicholas has made it clear to the young left-back that it will be very very tough.
“Well he’d be a big loss (for Celtic),” he said on Sky’s Transfer Talk podcast.
“I’m not over the top about defenders all the time because being an ex-striker, I like people who are creative and get goals, because it wins you football matches.
“But I do respect the art of defending.
“Tierney has vastly improved at Celtic, become a real top, top defender in terms of the domestic setup in Scotland.
“But in England it’s so much harder, it’s very, very tough.
“If he does come then Arsenal will get an improvement on what they already have by a fair distance in my opinion.
“It would be damage for Celtic but it’s a full-back, it’s a position that you can refill. People will find that.
“They might not get someone as good but in time they will fill the position.”
Obviously, there have been many players from the Scottish Premiership that have made the successful transition to the Premier League but there have also been many that have not.
And while Nicholas does highlight the jump in class he also believes that the 22-year-old will be a vast improvement on what Arsenal already have.
Tierney has played at the highest level in the Champions League, he is a Scottish international and does play for the best team in Scotland so he is well set up to be a success in English football.
But it will not be a walk in the park and his signing does carry a risk but in my opinion, it is a small risk.