‘Kieran Tierney has got everything… he will run through a brick wall for Arsenal’, says Scotland teammate and Aston Villa star John McGinn


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Kieran Tierney has everything it takes to become an Arsenal star and will run through brick walls for the club.

That is according to his Scotland international teammate and Aston Villa midfielder John McGinn, who spoke exclusively to talkSPORT this week.

Tierney completed his move from Celtic to Arsenal on deadline day for a reported £25million following a summer-long saga.

Much is expected of the 22-year-old, not least by McGinn, who reckons his compatriot will thrive in north London once he returns from injury.

“He’s got everything,” McGinn told the Jim White show.

“Once he gets back fit, he will run through a brick wall for Arsenal.

“Not only that, he can gallop up and down the pitch and get assists, he’s a very good crosser of the ball.

“He’s also a really humble guy who will improve all the time.”

Tierney has been recovering from a double hernia operation for several months and only made 21 league appearances for the Hoops last season.

McGinn, who scored his first Premier League goal for Villa in their 3-1 defeat to Tottenham, almost joined Tierney at Celtic last summer, but a move from Hibs fell apart after the two clubs failed to agree a fee.

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The Scotland international eventually joined Villa for £2.75m and won the club’s Player of the Year award as they were promoted to the Premier League last season.

However, he admits a fire still burns for the Scottish champions.

“I’m still a Celtic supporter, I was watching the game at the weekend, and I always will be,” he added.

“It will never leave you.

“But I have to focus on doing my best for Aston Villa and whatever comes up in the future we will take it from there.

“I am still a Celtic supporter and the boys here know I harp on about it all the time but I’m fully focused on Villa.”


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