Kieran Tierney admits how hard it was to choose Arsenal over Celtic

Arsenal’s new signing Kieran Tierney has been very impressive since finally recovering fully from the injury he arrived with from Celtic. But it has definitely been worth the wait and we are all hoping he can now get a good run in the first team under his belt to really show us what he can do.

Now he is in the spotlight, he has been doing many interviews and in this one from the Scottish Daily Record, he has explained how difficult it was to give up his childhood club and take the big move to the Emirates. He said: “It has been hard, people probably think ‘he just moved for this reason or that reason’ but they don’t realise it was a big thing for me.

“I don’t have to explain my love for Celtic, everyone knows it’s my club and the club I’ve supported all my life.

“But this was a chance to move to a massive club in England.

“Everyone told me it was a great move, it’s a chance to come here and play against some of the best players in the world.

“And every day I am training with some of the best players in the world too. It was an opportunity to better myself.

“Sometimes you have to look at your career as well as what your heart is telling you to do and it was the toughest decision of my life.

“It kept me up at nights thinking about it. People who are around me know how hard it was.”

It is no surprise that he is sorely missed by Celtic and their die-hard fans who believed he would stay in Glasgow for his whole career, but surely every young players dream is to play in the Premier League and put their talent on show for the whole world to see.

It may have been hard for him to leave, but Arsenal fans are very glad he did as he looks like he is going to a real asset for our future success.

His attitude is also very impressive and he is very single-minded in wanting to be the very best every single day. As he told “I just give 100 per cent,”

“That is all I can do. It is the only goal I set for myself and I would be doing my family an injustice and the club an injustice if I didn’t give 100 per cent.

“I am just going to bring myself. I don’t compare myself to anybody else. As I said, I work 100 per cent every day. If it is good enough, it is good enough. If not, it’s not for a lack of trying.

“I don’t set goals. I work 100 per cent every day and see where that takes me.

“It is a massive change for me here. I was a home boy, I always stayed with my parents, and I’ve come down here to a different country, a massive city. But so far everybody at the club has helped me settle and I am very grateful for that.

“People say what’s the city like? I have no idea, I’ve never been in. I train, I work hard, I go home and recover and train the next day.

“It is just a simple life and I just put everything into football and all I can to just try to reap the rewards.”

You can’t knock him for that attitude. We have seen too many youngsters move here and get distracted by the bright lights and the adulation, but it looks like he has feet on ground and gives everything in training. We can look forward to a long and successful career at the Emirates after already achieving everything he could in Scotland.

Welcome to Kieran!



  1. Some Celtic fans believe it’s a step down in his career as he could have won 10 in a row! Or won the treble treble treble treble 😂 10 Mickey mouse leagues in a row and rangers were out of the division for about 5 of those.

    1. most Celtic fans don’t care trust me. out of sight out of mind. his replacement is doing great and the team are winning. KT is trying to hard to keep in with the Celtic fans because he spouted a lot of bullshit before he left about loving the club and now he feels guilty. he made his decision, time for him to move on. we have.

      1. I agree with you on him trying to keep in with you Celtic fans (if you are a Celtic fan?) Although just because he left doesn’t mean he doesn’t love the club I genuinely think he does but he needed a new challenge in a superior league

  2. Whatever his reasons, Arsenal have hit gold. He will make a massive difference this year. In the two games he’s played it seems like we’ve seen more accurate crosses than we saw all of last year.

  3. He has made the right choice, because Emery would give him more game time than what he could get from other top English clubs

    I just hope he wouldn’t get a long injury again. His spirit reminds me of Wilshere’s, that was once a highly talented youngster that eventually got ruined by numerous injuries

  4. Sorry admin but on this your wrong, KT never dreamed of coming down to play in England, his one dream growing up was to don the green and white hoops and play for Celtic.

    And I still firmly believe that if Celtic hadn’t put a price on his head and instead had just turned round and said he wasn’t for sale, like they did with McGregor when Rodgers went asking we wouldn’t have him now.
    I’m extremely thankful they did because if they hadn’t, well growing up idolising the likes of Jimmy McGrory (who famously knocked us back and said “McGrory of Arsenal just never sounded as good as McGrory of Celtic”) I think he would have stayed there his whole career.

    1. For most players around the world their first dream is to play or Barca or Real. Playing in the premier league comes third, I’d say. This is what worries me about Martinelli. If he becomes as good as it now seems possible, Barca and Real will surely turn his head.

      Don’t know about Tierney. Might become loyal to Arsenal, but if Man City come with an 80 M offer in a year or two, anything is possible…

  5. Just like Emery let’s judge him at the end of the season. Although just by their contract lengths Tierney will be at Arsenal a lot longer than Unai. Hopefully the team is successful in Winning trophies during this period!

  6. Whether Emery goes or stays he will have helped our future with Tierney, Torreira, Guendouzi and hopefully Pepe. Any bad signings the future manager can sell

    I’m impressed by Tierney so far so future looks promising for him at Arsenal

    COYG win tomorrow and let’s get to 3RD place

    1. Why do you again post foolish nonsense when it has been explained SO MANY TIMES that Emery is merely a coach???????

      He is not in charge of transfers!

      Torreira, Guendouzi, Mavro are all Sven’s work, for example. And it’s common knowledge Emery wanted Nzonzi and was given Torreira instead. Perhaps that’s why he doesn’t want him in his first 11. He wants a big bloke even if Torreira, too small or not, is at the moment our best DM.

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