Celtic’s highly-rated young fullback Kieran Tierney has been tipped for future stardom by former Liverpool captain and Sky Sports pundit Jamie Redknapp.
The 20-year-old is regarded as one of the hottest defensive prospects across Europe and has improved significantly with regular minutes since a senior breakthrough during the 2015/16 campaign.
Linked with a possible move to the Premier League with Newcastle, Manchester United, Chelsea and Arsenal themselves all interested, it’s unlikely he’ll leave the Scottish champions in the short-term.
However, his stock has continued to rise and he made his fourth senior international appearance for Scotland during their frenetic 2-2 draw with England on Saturday.
It will be interesting to see how he develops, though he himself has already committed his future to Celtic for another four seasons and will not be sold on the cheap.
Redknapp, who made 295 appearances in the Premier League and is now a football pundit, lavished praise on the talented youngster.
“When you look at Tierney, he’s a fantastic left-back,” the 44-year-old said on Sky Sports.
“He’s (at the time) 19, he’s going to be a top class player.”
Tierney’s versatility and maturity are two crucial things that quickly made him slot into the first-team as a regular with Celtic.
Predominantly a left-back, he can play further forward on the flank and has started playing in a centre-back role as part of a back three when required too.
Nacho Monreal is 31-years-old and no longer seen as a reliable player at full-back, instead more suited in a central defensive role with further protection.
Sead Kolašinac is likely to be first-choice if Wenger plays with wing-backs next season while Cohen Bramall could also feature, as he continues to improve at U23 level.
Should Arsenal make a successful approach for Tierney’s signature in future, his arrival would only help solidify the club’s defensive options long-term.