Former Celtic star has given transfer advice as legend tells him to ignore Barcelona and Real Madrid amid Champions League chase

Muirhouse’s Kieran Tierney has been told not to get caught up in transfer links, amid reported interest from Barcelona and Real Madrid in the former Celtic star.

The left-back – who plays centre-back for Scotland – has been immense for Arsenal in the English Premier League this season as they push for the top four and Champions League football.

He was one of the names mentioned to become the new Gunners captain, but links have emerged over potential moves away from London.

Barcelona and Real Madrid are both believed to be interested in the former Celtic defender, but that’s not something that should concern the Muirhouse man, according to former Arsenal left-back Nigel Winterburn.

The 58-year-old made over 400 appearances for the Gunners in 13 years between 1987 and 2000, convinced that all they show is Tierney’s good form.

He said: “It suggests he’s playing well enough to be linked to those clubs. I’m not really worried about those links because he’s at Arsenal, he’s under contract and there’s been nothing to suggest to me that he would like to move.

“I think everyone thinks it’s good to be linked to big clubs, but he’s already at a big club trying to get back to where he wants to be.

“If they come back at this stage domestically, the only thing would be to be competitive in Europe, which Arsenal have always strived to do, even since I was there.

“It’s still a long way off, but personally I’m not worried about those kind of links, I don’t think he wants to push away.

“If anything, it’s a positive thing because it shows he’s performing at a high enough level for there to be those links.”



Kieran Tierney between Scotland and Poland at Hampden.

Tierney arrived at Arsenal from Celtic in 2019 for a fee of around £25million. After overcoming initial injury problems, Winterburn has been impressed with the Lanarkshire ace.

The former left-back, speaking at a FreeSuperTips event, said: “I think he’s been strong again, but I expected that from him and he’s a player I like. Verry much.

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“When he first came to the club he had one or two injury issues, but you could see in his performances how good he was.

“He’s a player that I really admire for the way he plays and conducts himself; he will continue to develop and get stronger.

“There’s not much more to say about him, he’s been a good addition to this team, and he’ll continue to be the first-choice left-back as long as he continues to play as he is. .

“I see no reason why these performance levels would ever drop.”

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