Tierney transfer talk brings tears to eyes

//Tierney transfer talk brings tears to eyes

Tierney transfer talk brings tears to eyes

Arsenal fans may be excited about the prospect of signing the injury-prone Kieran Tierney, but will he be a good investment?

As already alluded to, Tierney’s injuries are a cause for concern. Additionally, Arsenal’s Scottish imports have been less-than-impressive. Stepping back in time, for a moment, cast your mind back to when the Gunners signed Giovanni van Bronckhorst from Glasgow Rangers. Undoubtedly, he was a good player, but he didn’t really cut the mustard at Arsenal.

Of course, for every Charlie Nicholas there’s a Peter Marinello, and that’s the risk you take. However, I don’t really think Scotland is the best league to recruit from anymore. Back in the 70s, it probably was, but those days have gone.

The other thing disturbing about the transfer rumour regarding Tierney is talk of players heading in the opposite direction. My first reaction was to think maybe the club could successfully offload Mkhitaryan, a player it’s easy to imagine visiting fans’ toilets and leaving a terrible stench behind, but not taking responsibility for it. Such is the impact made at Arsenal by the ex-Man Utd star!

Upon reading the rumour more carefully, it seems (incredibly) that Arsenal are ready to offer Neck-Tie, Smith-Rowe or a couple of other youngsters to Celtic in part-exchange.

To offer Smith-Rowe would be bordering on insanity, as the youngster is one of the best young prospects seen at Arsenal in recent years.

Neck-Tie, meanwhile, is not indispensable and may score hatfuls of goals north of the border, despite not being able to really cut it down south.

One good thing about Tierney is his versatility. For that alone, he may be worth signing, but not at the expense of Smith-Rowe.

By | 2019-06-22T09:51:54+00:00 June 22nd, 2019|Uncategorized|26 Comments

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  1. D June 22, 2019 at 10:05 am - Reply

    179 appearances for club and country in 5 years. 22 years old. “Injury-prone”.

  2. Mark Bradley June 22, 2019 at 10:07 am - Reply

    Southampton did not have similar thoughts when buying Virgil Van Dyke a few years back from Celtic for 12 million.He did ‘okay’ from that point I would say.
    To dismiss Scottish football is a very blinkered game to play and to dismiss Celtic F.C is even more strange.
    Celtic see ‘Tierny’ as their top asset this century and it will take a lot of money to get him.
    Arsenal are a great club and perhaps buying the best young british players would be a wise move to move back to the level they once belonged a few years back.

    • Joe June 22, 2019 at 11:05 am - Reply

      My point is players don’t improve when they play in a league where the title is decided before the fixture list comes out.
      Liverpool didn’t sign Van Dyke directly from Scotland. As you know, he honed his skills at Southampton before moving on to Liverpool.

      • Dom June 22, 2019 at 11:23 am - Reply

        It’s Van Dijk, don’t comment on people’s diction when you can’t spell. Am pretty sure you are clueless… go back to your day job.

        • Dom June 22, 2019 at 11:26 am - Reply

          Also, VVD was already a great footballer when he joined Southampton. He has undoubtedly improved since then but don’t talk BS and say that he learned everything he knows at Southampton.

          • Joe June 22, 2019 at 11:45 am

            I’m not saying he learned nothing in Scotland. It’s just a less competitive league north of the border, so is not played at the same level of intensity.
            Back in the day, Leeds etc bought players from Scotland and they were world-beaters. Where are the McQueens, Jordans etc now?

        • Joe June 22, 2019 at 11:32 am - Reply

          You’re right about the spelling, of course. I just used the same spelling as you lot screaming blue or is it green murder from north of the border! Blame the spell checker, blame me, up to you, but I have to concede you’re right on this one.
          However, diction’s not the same as punctuation, by the way.

  3. dave June 22, 2019 at 10:20 am - Reply

    KT played over 100 games for Celtic before this one injury stopped him in his tracks. Such is his desire and commitment he tried to play through the pain for Celtic on several occasions. As usual theres a level of ignorance regarding his ability and worth due to playing in Scotland KT is like a Stuart Pearce, he’s run through a brick wall for his club and he also has the ability to bsck it. Celtic released Andy Robertson because they had KT. how much would u pay for him?

  4. Paul Gallacher June 22, 2019 at 10:46 am - Reply

    Your arrogance is absolutely astonishing you clearly do not know anything about Scottish football.
    You shouldn’t comment on something you know nothing about.

    • Joe June 22, 2019 at 11:07 am - Reply

      Some people know nothing about punctuation, but it doesn’t stop them writing, does it?

  5. Paulo June 22, 2019 at 10:48 am - Reply

    A. He is not injury prone
    B. The boy has enormous potential
    C. He is arguably better than his national teamate Andy Robertson imo
    D.hes a born leader who conducts himself professional on and off field
    E. He’s a winner with a Roy Keane like win at all costs mentality … who demands the same from team mates.

    £15m as Hartson said is derisory and nothing short as insulting.

    P s i support hibernian not celtic btw

    • Joe June 22, 2019 at 11:15 am - Reply

      I’m not saying he hasn’t got potential. I’m saying he will need time to get used to the Premier League, before joining a club like Arsenal, where he could get thrown in the deep end.

      I’m sorry, winning the Scottish title with Celtic is not the on the same level as winning the EPL with Leicester, for example. Of course, no one’s going to say ‘no’ to a medal, but what would you rather win if you were a player?

      Which leagues are most difficult to win and the most challenging? Would the Scottish League be above France’s, Spain’s, Portugal’s, Italy’s, Belgium’s, Germany’s, Turkey’s, Holland’s and many more in terms of competitiveness? I don’t think so!

  6. Dom June 22, 2019 at 10:50 am - Reply

    What a load of s*ite! You would be lucky to get KT for £50M and even if you did offer that, why would he want to move to the most boring club in the premiership, that has zero ambition. I used to live on Highbury hill right beside the emirates and it is the most dull ground, no passion. I loved Highbury .. but as you say, those days are long gone !!

    As for your comment about Scottish recruitment – VIrgil VD, Andy Robertson and Viktor Wanyama – all played in champs league final this year – where do they come from?

  7. Stevie June 22, 2019 at 11:07 am - Reply

    Injury prone? Jesus Christ. Arsenal are a tin pot club now and can’t afford him. He’ll go to one of the bigger clubs in England if he does leave.

    • Joe June 22, 2019 at 11:25 am - Reply

      You’re probably right about Arsenal not being able to afford Tierney.

      The asking price is too high if the Gunners have only got a budget of £40m.

  8. Stevie June 22, 2019 at 11:10 am - Reply

    I don’t need to check your pathetic web links to determine wether kt is injury prone , been watching him turn out for celtic week in week out since 2016 😂😂 but hopefully teams south of the border come to the same stupid conclusion as yourself ‘cos no right minded celtic fan would want to sell him anyway. If the un-thinkable happens then let’s hope it’s to a team who can offer champions league football, no more than he deserves

    • Joe June 22, 2019 at 11:22 am - Reply

      Ignorance is bliss, so you’re best off not checking the website I suggested you look at.

      I suppose Tierney is fully fit right now in some alternate universe where injuries don’t occur, so it’s nothing to lose sleep over.

  9. Gunner June 22, 2019 at 11:25 am - Reply

    Some people now nought about scottish football but yet write about it. Joe….your a t@@&!

    • Joe June 22, 2019 at 11:40 am - Reply

      That’s your opinion and you’re entitled to it. I’ve got opinions too and until freedom of expression is banned, I’ll make comments from time to time when it suits me.

  10. Stevie June 22, 2019 at 11:26 am - Reply

    An injury here and there doesn’t make you injury prone, his stats don’t lie in any universe

    • joe June 22, 2019 at 2:21 pm - Reply

      In two and a bit years, I’ve read he’s ruptured his cruciate (serious injury), had a calf injury, been out twice with a hip injury (serious) and had a groin operation. I’d say that’s a definition of an injury-prone player.

  11. Ciaran June 22, 2019 at 12:40 pm - Reply

    You’re wetting your.pants at the thoughts of losing some guy nobody outside your support has heard about. Neck-Tie?
    What league does he play in?
    Hoe can you possibly declare his worth before he plays 50 first team games. Has he the temperament? The physicality? The bottle?
    But Tierney, 180 professional games, Champion’s league, Europa League, International level, trophies won. Has proven in spades he has it.
    Keep up the good work.

    • Joe June 22, 2019 at 1:00 pm - Reply

      Of course, Tierney is worth more than the Arsenal youngsters right now, but one of the Gunners being linked with Celtic is an outstanding prospect.
      I’d do a straight swap with Celtic, if I were Arsenal, but I’d be worried about Tierney’s hip injury. It sounds serious or am I completely wrong?

  12. Felix June 22, 2019 at 2:18 pm - Reply

    Tierney is a class player we should have bought one or two seasons ago. Stop trying to play down the SPL. Sure it’s not like the EPL but Tierney, like Van Dijk and Wanyama, Dembele current and Dembele past are great. Should go for Tim Weah too who was hardly used on loan from PSG.

    Look Celtic have just done a treble treble the first season of which was unbeaten domestically. Even in a lower level league there’s a tendency to switch off. They have to play 4 qualifying rounds in the UEFA CL. They have a long season needing huge concentration. And Arsenal have done well in with players from French Ligue 2 when half of League 1 is a farmer’s league. Ask Neymar. Tier et will only get better, not worse and we don’t have anyone else with 9 trophies.

  13. Joe June 22, 2019 at 2:36 pm - Reply

    My point is Celtic win everything in Scotland. They will probably win the treble next year and the year after and so on. To me, that means the league is not very competitive.

    Then look at Celtic’s record in Europe. They were once in the 60s arguably the best team in the world, but the reason they’re not now is partly because of the league they play in.

    Although they play in Europe every year, when was the last time they got to the quarter-finals of a UEFA competition?

    You say the French league is no better, but PSG will expect to reach the knockout stages of any European competition they are involved in, that’s for sure.

    If Celtic played in the English or should it be the British Premier League, they’d be right up there challenging for European trophies again.

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