Sir Alex Ferguson, who knows a thing or two about good players, has hailed Kieran Tierney as ‘phenomenal’ but admits Scotland have a problem.

West Bromwich Albion v Arsenal - Premier League - The Hawthorns Arsenal s Kieran Tierney (centre) celebrates scoring his side s first goal of the game during the Premier League match at The Hawthorns, West Bromwich. Copyright: Michael Regan
West Bromwich Albion v Arsenal – Premier League – The Hawthorns Arsenal s Kieran Tierney (centre) celebrates scoring his side s first goal of the game during the Premier League match at The Hawthorns, West Bromwich. Copyright: Michael Regan

When Arsenal signed Kieran Tierney from Celtic they were told they were getting an amazing player who would run non-stop and become a real favourite with the fans.

Although his Arsenal career was slow to start because of injury, since he got fit Tierney has shown all those words to be nothing but an underestimate.

“I do think Scotland have some very good midfield players, and I’m not sure how they’re gonna play Robertson and Tierney in the same team,” Ferguson said about what is a growing headache for his country.

“I know there were some situations where they played Tierney as the third centre-back, but the form of Tierney since he’s gone to Arsenal has been phenomenal.

Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson (R) shakes hands with Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger after their English Premier League football match at Old Trafford in Manchester, north west England on April 13, 2008. United won the game 2-1. (PAUL ELLIS/AFP/Getty Images)
Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson (R) shakes hands with Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger after their English Premier League football match at Old Trafford in Manchester, north west England on April 13, 2008. United won the game 2-1. (PAUL ELLIS/AFP/Getty Images)

“Robertson’s career at Liverpool has just got bigger and bigger.”

Tierney missed Arsenal’s dour 0-0 draw with Crystal Palace due to what was initially called ‘muscle tiredness’. It was then revealed the club feared it was worse than that and they sent him for an MRI scan which, thankfully, showed no issue.

The defender is expected to be back in the Arsenal squad for Monday night’s Premier League game against Steve Bruce’s Newcastle.

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