Kieran Tierney will debunk myth about Scottish football at Arsenal, says former Celtic team-mate Ryan Christie

9 Aug

Kieran Tierney will challenge the perceived view about a lack of talent in Scottish football, Ryan Christie believes.

On deadline day, Arsenal made him most expensive Scottish footballer of all time when they paid Celtic £25million for him.

Tierney joined Arsenal from Celtic on transfer deadline day, along with David Luiz

When asked about what the move will do for the image of Scottish football, Christie, who played with him at Celtic said: “It’s definitely positive and, no pressure on him, but it would be even better if he goes down there and really shines.

“Not just coming from Celtic but all over Scottish football now, players are going down to England and doing really well, which hopefully puts to bed this myth that we are way behind them, and shows we are definitely up to scratch with the level of English teams.

Tierney was a hugely important figure in Celtic’s treble treble success and Christie believes the left-back will have a great contribution at Arsenal, too.

“I don’t want to put pressure on him, but I think he’ll do very well. Having played with him and seen him in training, I know how good he is and how powerful he is.

“For what you are expecting from a full-back in the modern game, he ticks all the boxes. Hopefully he can get fighting fit as soon as possible and really kick on down there because I think everybody would love to see that.”

Celtic manager Neil Lennon was powerless in trying to keep Tierney at the club, even after the left-back explained via Instagram: “It has been the hardest day or two of my life.”

At Celtic, Tierney developed into one of Europe’s best left-backs
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On his own transfer activity after the sale of the 22-year-old, Lennon said: “It makes things a little bit easier in terms of maybe pushing the boat out a little bit more but we’re not going to break transfer records and spend silly money.

“We have targets in mind and we are working away on that sooner or later. We are looking at maybe two or three positions.

“We also maybe need to move a few players on to get them playing or make room in the squad. Until we do that, we may not look to bring anyone in just yet.”

Celtic news: Ryan Christie suffered multiple facial fractures against Aberdeen and will undergo surgery, club confirm

16 Apr

Celtic midfielder Ryan Christie will require surgery after suffering multiple facial fractures in a horror collision with Aberdeen’s Dominic Ball, the Scottish champions have confirmed.

Christie, 24, was rushed to hospital in a neck brace after the sickening clash of heads during the Hoops’ 3-0 Scottish Cup semi-final victory at Hampden Park on Sunday.

His former Aberdeen team-mate, Ball, was shown a second yellow card and sent off for the foul.

A Celtic statement said: “Celtic Football Club can confirm that Ryan Christie has suffered multiple facial fractures following the incident during Sunday’s Scottish Cup semi-final at Hampden.

“Ryan is scheduled to undergo surgery on Thursday of this week. We are not able at this stage to give any specific indication on a timescale for his return to action but, of course, everyone at Celtic wishes Ryan all the best for his full recovery.

“Ryan would also like to thank everyone sincerely for the many wishes of support he has received.”

Christie revealed the damage to his face on Instagram by sharing a picture of a nasty black eye and swelling on the side of his face.

The Scotland youth international was in a light-hearted mood, however, describing himself as a ‘full-kit w*nker’.

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Meanwhile, Celtic manager Neil Lennon expects the midfielder to be fit for the Scottish Cup final against Hearts on May 25.

“It was a horrendous coming together and I don’t think there was any deliberation over it. It was a definite second yellow,” he told BBC Scotland.

Celtic 2-0 Hibernian: Brendan Rodgers’ men maintain their lead over Rangers and Aberdeen with comfortable win at Parkhead

6 Feb

Celtic maintained their position at the top of the Scottish Premiership with a 2-0 win over Hibernian.

With Rangers securing a 4-2 win away at Aberdeen, Brendan Rodgers’ side knew they needed to produce a winning performance.

Ryan Christie opened the scoring for the hosts

And the league leaders went ahead after 25 minutes of their home game against Hibernian.

Scott Sinclair was inches away from the opener just moments before Ryan Christie’s strike.

Neat interplay involving Timothy Weah and new signing Jeremy Toljan finished with Christie drilling into the bottom corner.

The Boys doubled their lead in the second half, with Christie turning provider for Oliver Burke.

Burke secured the win

The midfielder slipped in Burke and the on-loan West Bromwich Albion man saw his shot loop into the back of the net.

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