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'Out of this world': Pundit praises 'fantastic' Arsenal ace for international displays

Nathaniel Kay April 1, 2021
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Ally McCoist was bursting with compliments for Kieran Tierney after the Arsenal man’s superb performances for Scotland in the past fortnight, speaking on ITV.

Tierney was heavily involved in the action during his country’s 4-0 World Cup qualifying win over the Faroe Islands last night.

Playing as a left-sided centre-back, the Arsenal man grabbed three assists. He set up two goals with typically terrific crosses that have become a staple of his time with the Gunners.

The third was an intricate pass into the feet of Southampton striker Che Adams, who finished in equally elegant style.  


McCoist compliments

And McCoist was in awe of Tierney’s performances, not only against the Faroe Islands at Hampden Park but also during the whole international break.

The former Rangers and Scotland striker said: “Tierney has been out of this world in the past few games. His form has been fantastic.

“He’s playing left-centre-back by the way – but he’s still got the willingness to get forward.”

Terrific Tierney

The 23-year-old has clearly taken his excellent club form into his displays for Scotland.

Tierney has been a consistent presence in what has been a generally sketchy season for Mikel Arteta’s side.

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His strength offensively and defensively makes him a vital asset for any manager he works under.

Tierney, Emile Smith Rowe and Bukayo Saka have become a dangerous combination down the Gunners’ left.

Arsenal against Liverpool

A similar partnership can be seen with Scotland too.

Liverpool’s Andy Robertson and Tierney collaborate brilliantly for Steve Clarke, despite many doubting the Premier League stars could play alongside each other.

Interestingly, the pair will be on opposite sides when Arsenal host Liverpool on Saturday (8pm).

It won’t only be a battle of personal pride between the compatriots but also a must-win game for both clubs.

Anything other than three points will probably see Jurgen Klopp’s men fall out of the running for Europe.

Arsenal already face that harsh reality. However, if they can claim victory at the Emirates this weekend they will retain a slim chance of breaking into the top five.

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Nathaniel is a football journalist who graduated from the University of Derby. He has worked at Burton Albion as part of their media team for two years. Nathaniel produces regular articles for the club’s official website and match-day programme. He covered the 2018 U20 Women’s World Cup in Brittany and has reported from grounds ranging from non-league up to the Premier League.