Goalkeeper Matt Macey’s exit from Arsenal to join Hibernian has been confirmed on the Scottish club’s official website.

Macey has signed a deal to join Hibs until the end of the season, bringing to an end his seven-year spell.

The stopper says he spoke to Kieran Tierney about Scottish football, a conversation which confirmed his gut feeling about leaving anyway.

He also praises Scottish international Tierney, who has had a hugely impressive season.

West Bromwich Albion v Arsenal - Premier League
Simon Stacpoole/Offside/Offside via Getty Images

“I spoke to Kieran Tierney at length about the opportunity to come to Hibs, about Scottish football and the country in general,” said Macey.

“Kieran was really positive about every aspect of it, whether it was the club or Edinburgh itself. As I said, I was already keen to come but it was good to hear him talk so enthusiastically about it all.

“He backed up the gut feeling I had. Kieran’s someone I have a lot of time for and he’s probably one of the first names on the team-sheet – if not the first – at Arsenal just now.”

For Macey, the move makes sense. He didn’t even get a look-in as number two once Emi Martinez left, with Alex Runarsson coming in during the summer.

He’s 26 and needs to playing football regularly at that age instead of being somewhere as a third choice.

It sounds like he did his research and Tierney reassured any small doubts he might have had about a move north of the border.

Is Tierney the first name on the teamsheet as Macey suggests here?

He’s certainly impressed this season with his consistency and commitment and his goal against West Brom last Saturday was a deserved reward for that.

Related Topics