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: 2017 05 27 Aberdeen fans looked on in disbelief as Kieran Tierney sprinted up the Hampden steps at around 5pm, still fully kitted out – boots and all – after being rushed to hospital barely 90 minutes earlier following an ugly clash that left him with blood pouring from his mouth and a serious facial injury. That was not, however, sufficient to stop the defender, still under the influence of painkillers, racing back to the ground in time to join the celebrations as the Hoops lifted the Scottish Cup after a last-gasp Tom Rogic strike
: 2019 07 06 Kieran Tierney’s Agent Allan Preston says Kieran Tierney could well be on his way out of Celtic this summer
2019 07 06 Retrieve
[Kieran Tierney’s Agent Allan Preston says Kieran Tierney could well be on his way out of Celtic this summer] Tierney won’t be leaving until one of the projected buyers meets Celtic’s valuation, thought to be £25 million. It is all down to Celtic. If they get a price that they believe is the correct value for Kieran Tierney he could possibly be on his way. No one has hit that price yet.
[Preston doesn’t think that the rumours will be affecting him, as a lifelong Celtic fan committed to the club and happy in green and white] He is such an unassuming young man. He is wealthy at the moment but he doesn’t possess a watch, he isn’t into material things like this. He still hangs about his pals from when he was a youngster, he sponsors his local pub team where his pals play and he’s not into his designer gear or anything like that. As the guys say he loves Celtic, he absolutely loves Celtic. Will there be a time for Kieran Tierney to go? I think that there will be.
If it’s just now it will be up to the clubs involved - Arsenal, Napoli or whoever - to then put the money on the table and make Celtic think about this. If there is a time for Kieran to go it will be up to Celtic, Peter Lawwell and the board. They have signed a left-back but they do need one because Emilio Izaguirre is away
: 2019 07 15 FC Celtic have rejected Arsenal’s improved £25 million bid for defender Kieran Tierney as the Gunners’s summer transfer woes continue
: 2019 07 24 Arsenal are continuing their pursuit of Wilfried Zaha and Kieran Tierney as they prepare to announce the signings of Dani Ceballos and William Saliba.
: 2019 07 26 Arsenal are yet to table a third offer for Kieran Tierney, but Celtic manager Neil Lennon admits he is drawing up a contingency plan at Parkhead.
: 2019 08 08 Arsenal have finally completed the signing of left-back Kieran Tierney from Celtic, for a fee of £25 million
2019 08 08b Retrieve
[Kieran Tierney at the Emirates after the left-back completed his deadline day move from FC Celtic for £25m] It feels great. I’m delighted to be here. Obviously I’m injured now, but I’m just looking forward to getting back on the pitch, training and getting involved with the squad
[On having to leave Celtic] It was the hardest decision in my whole life that I’ve had to make. I had to speak to my family and my close friends and my agent as well because it’s a hard decision to leave a club that you love so much. People need to know that as well. I feel Arsenal is a massive club and it’s a great opportunity for me as well. I’m delighted to be here
2019 08 09 Retrieve
[Kieran Tierney claims he was down the park with friends when he got the call to seal a transfer to Arsenal] Well I got told at seven o’clock last night that I had to be at the airport in an hour, so I had to go quickly. I was actually down the park with my friends training. They play with their local team so I was down watching them and I got a phone call that I needed to go. I got to the airport and the flight was delayed two-and-a-half hours, with another hour’s drive for a hotel and I probably got zero sleep, so I was back up at half five today
[Tierney is unavailable as he continues to recover from double-hernia surgery] I’m just getting back fit now, I’m just getting back involved with a ball and back running. So hopefully it’s not going to be too long. It was the hardest decision in my whole life that I’ve had to make. I had to speak to my family and my close friends and my agent as well because it’s a hard decision to leave a club that you love so much. People need to know that as well. I feel Arsenal is a massive club and it’s a great opportunity for me as well. I’m delighted to be here
2019 08 12 Retrieve
[Kieran Tierney wrote a goodbye on social media which included a message to fans he felt will never forgive his departure] I hope we can continue to have a relationship although I understand that will be never for some people, which is heartbreaking for me but I understand the emotions surrounding this situation
2019 10 04 Retrieve
[Arsenal left-back Kieran Tierney has said that the Gunners’ rightful place is in the Champions League] The club is a massive club and deserve to be in the Champions League. We know the ambitions of the club and the supporters and we’re all in it together and hopefully we can do that. We’ve got the potential, we’ve got the ability
[While his contribution has been strong when on the field, he has yet to feature in the Premier League and has said that he will keep plugging away until he gets his chance] I’m just doing my best every day, I work hard, the manager trusts me and I’m giving 100 per cent
2019 10 07 Retrieve
[Kieran Tierney admits it was a hard decision for him to swap Celtic for Arsenal] 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.
[Tierney appreciates that many of those who once idolised him may never find it in their hearts to forgive him] I don’t know if it will pass, some people probably won’t ever forgive me. Everyone has their choice, some people will support me and others won’t. I gave Celtic 15 years, I put my body through a lot playing through injuries and gave everything. I am not saying ‘I’m brilliant’ or anything but I gave everything I could every single day. Hopefully they will continue to support me but if not I just have to deal with that. I just want to say ‘thanks’ to everyone who supported me at Celtic. I couldn’t have got the move to Arsenal without the support and love that they gave me.
[Quizzed on whether he could represent the Bhoys again before hanging up his boots] I have signed a long-term deal here at Arsenal and you can’t think that far ahead. You never know but that’s thinking a long way ahead
2019 11 07 Retrieve
[When asked if the right man is calling the shots] Yes, of course. It is up to us as players to correct it on the pitch. For me, Unai Emery has been brilliant since I’ve come in. I have learned a lot. I am learning a lot every day, playing with great players. Everybody in the changing room has got belief in each other and the manager
[Tierney saw Emery and Arsenal invest £25 million in signing him during the last transfer window] Of course. The players around me are making me a better player as well. I am just learning and I am enjoying every week. He likes to keep the ball, pass the ball with a possession-type game and for me I am just learning and working on my technique with him. I am working on passing and crossing – everything in general. I am working with the coaches as well, so just all round I am learning
[Tierney is still working his way towards full match sharpness after arriving at Arsenal nursing a knock] They [Scotland] understand. Of course you want to play for your national team, but you need to do what is best for your career long-term. It is probably the right decision as now I am going into the international break knowing I am getting a rest and recovery, because since my operation the load has went up, up and up. To get a rest would be beneficial and hopefully for the next camp I’m ready
2019 11 19 Retrieve
[Kieran Tierney names the four Arsenal players who helped him settle in after Celtic transfer] Because I’ve been injured and Bellerin was injured and Big Dino [Dino Mavropanos] as well, I’ve been close with them. Hector Bellerin is a big voice in the changing room as well so he’s helped me settle in. Rob Holding and Calum Chambers as well have looked after me. It’s hard to say though because everyone has been great, even the staff. There’s a few Scottish staff as well – Celtic fans – so they’ve helped me settle in and make me feel at home
2020 01 20 Retrieve
[Bosnian defender Kolasinac has been sidelined since taking in a 90-minute outing against Crystal Palace] Left thigh strain. Hoping to return to full training in the winter break period after Burnley (a) on February 2
[on Scotland international left-back Kieran Tierney] Right shoulder. Dislocated right shoulder during West Ham Utd (a) on December 9. Successful surgery completed. Rehabilitation process expected to take around three months, aiming to return to full training in March
[Calum Chambers will not be seen again until next season] Left knee. Ruptured the anterior cruciate ligament of his left knee during Chelsea (h) on December 29. Successful surgery completed. Rehabilitation process expected to take between six and nine months
2020 03 05 Retrieve
[Arsenal confirm fractured ankle for Lucas Torreira as Kieran Tierney returns to full training] Sustained fracture to Torreira’s right ankle during Portsmouth (a) on Monday. Awaiting further specialist reviews which will determine recovery plan
[Arsenal have said of the Bosnian full-back] Significant strain to right shoulder joint during Everton (h) on 23 February. Aiming to return to full training by the end of March
[Calum Chambers is the only other player unavailable to Arteta] Ruptured anterior cruciate ligament of his left knee during Chelsea (h) on 29 December. Successful surgery completed. Rehabilitation process expected to take between six to nine months
2020 03 19 Retrieve
[Tierney admits Arsenal injury absence has been ‘the toughest time of my life’] The night at West Ham away was a hard night for me. I knew I had dislocated my shoulder in the first 10, 15 minutes and straight away you know what you’ve done. Then another 10 minutes, I did the same kind of thing. I landed differently. It was a set piece and my arm just went into a position that wasn’t comfortable at all and dislocated. It was heartbreaking because in my head I knew I needed an operation. Three times in 30 minutes, nobody’s shoulder should be going like that. So in my head, I was like ‘that’s me out for another few months’. You know that and you know the devastation straight away. You can see it on my face. Being injured at the start of my Arsenal career was hard. Mentally, it was probably the toughest time of my life
Keeping myself motivated and energised, for me, is quite easy because I’ve got great people around me. I’ve got my family, my friends and everybody I need. I will go work hard every single day for myself, for the club, for my family. The mental side of the game is probably the most important. Everybody loves going out and playing football but to be mentally tough and deal with all these obstacles and people throw at you, it’s the hardest part. But when you get to the other side, it’s the most rewarding
2020 04 03 Retrieve
[Tierney opens up on Arsenal move] I would say leaving Celtic was the hardest decision I’d ever had to make and I knew I would always miss Celtic no matter what happens in life but the chance to play for Arsenal was a challenge that when I heard of it, I was just looking forward to it
First two people I became friends with were Hector and Dinos as, when I first came in my first sessions, I was walking out with them and they were the first people I really spoke with. We were all injured together at the same time so that’s why they were the first people I really spoke to. They really helped me a lot to settle in
Probably the reception I got from you guys on my debut. Making an appearance after injury is always brilliant but the Arsenal fans took me so well with a round of applause at the start as well as when I was substituted so the night of making my debut against Forest was just a great night
2020 04 03b Retrieve
[Arsenal left-back Kieran Tierney has gushed over the potential of Gabriel Martinelli] When I first did a full training session with the team I was put up against him and the intensity of his play was honestly mind-blowing and I thought to myself, ‘This is the standard I need to be at to play for Arsenal […] Again I would say Martinelli. I think his hunger and drive and his talent together at one is more than enough to be a world-class player for many years.
2020 05 10 Retrieve
[Kieran Tierney has revealed that he has been learning a lot from Mikel Arteta] I’ve seen all his [Arteta’s] video meetings, I’ve been in the meetings together as a team, before the games, after the games and just his analysis is amazing. In Dubai, for the winter break I was doing some one-on-one work with him and that’s when I realised, ‘This is brilliant, I’m learning a lot in a rehab session’. He knows what’s going to happen in a game and how it’s going to happen and what you should do, where you’re going to get pressed from and where your options should be. You should know where the left-mid is going to be and the centre-mid so you can just play in sync, everybody is using one brain and I think that’s perfect. Hopefully when I’m back fit I can get the chance to play and just build up fitness and confidence again
2020 05 11 Retrieve
[Arsenal move caused Tierney sleepless nights as he prepared to sever ties with Celtic] I had sleepless nights. It was a hard decision. I knew how big Arsenal were. They are a massive club in a massive league. It was obviously a great offer, but I still had sleepless nights thinking, ‘What’s the best thing to do here?’. It went on for ages. The first bid came in and I then signed on deadline day. At the same time, I was just coming back from my injury. I was like, ‘Don’t even focus on what’s going to happen, just work hard and get fit, everything happens for a reason’. Arsenal are a massive, massive club and when I came I realised that
The night at West Ham away was a hard night for me. I knew I had dislocated my shoulder in the first 10, 15 minutes and straight away you know what you’ve done. Then another 10 minutes, I did the same kind of thing. I landed differently. It was a set-piece and my arm just went into a position that wasn’t comfortable at all and dislocated. It was heartbreaking because in my head I knew I needed an operation. Three times in 30 minutes, nobody’s shoulder should be going like that. So in my head, I was like ‘that’s me out for another few months’. You know that and you know the devastation straight away. You can see it on my face. Being injured at the start of my Arsenal career was hard. Mentally, it was probably the toughest time of my life
2020 06 24 Retrieve
[Kieran Tierney says he is learning every single day under Mikel Arteta] He’s been brilliant. Obviously I was injured when he first came in and that was so unfortunate because you want to impress the new manager and get off to a good start. But even then, he was good with me. He watched me from afar and asked for updates on how I was doing. It’s been an absolute joy to train with him. I feel as if I’m learning every single day and I was grateful for the opportunity he gave me against Manchester City. It was my first game in so long and a big game for the club, so for him to trust me was brilliant
Every day in training you know you’re going there to work. There are times for a laugh and a joke - Mikel loves that as well - but when we’re working, we’re working. It’s a lot of tactical stuff as well, and that’s going to help us all get an understanding of how he wants us to play. I’ve said before, something like that is not going to just work straight away, it’s going to be a process, but there is light at the end of the tunnel and we need to stay focused on that. There are going to be bad results and bad games, but as a team we need to keep the confidence, stick together and kick on again. All the players are hurting, it’s a tough time for everyone at the club, but there are going to be better days ahead. The last two results haven’t been ideal, but the work-rate is still at 100 per cent every day in training. We’re working so hard and we’re working to the gameplan that the manager wants. We all believe in it and we’re all buying into it.