Former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has been full of praise for “fantastic” Kieran Tierney ahead of the European Championships this summer.
The Arsenal full-back is in line to feature for Scotland at the European Championships, provided he recovers from a knee injury in time, as the Tartan Army prepare to play at a major tournament for the first time in 23 years.
He has been sidelined since Arsenal’s 3-0 defeat against Liverpool, with the initial prognosis suggesting he could be out for around eight weeks, but it is now expected that Tierney will be fit before the end of the season and be available for the European Championships.
And Ferguson believes he could be an important player for Steve Clarke as the former Celtic man looks to try and secure his place in the Scotland team for the tournament.
Tierney has been a regular in the side in recent internationals, often playing as part of a back three, with Liverpool defender Andy Robertson playing as a left wing-back in a 3-5-2 formation.
But Ferguson has praised both players as he named them as key men for Clarke and the way he sets up his side.
“I am optimistic,” he said, speaking to the official You Tube channel of the Scotland national team ahead of the summer tournament.
“Players that are playing in England – [Kieran] Tierney has been absolutely fantastic at Arsenal, absolutely fantastic, [Andy] Robertson the last two years at Liverpool has been unbelievable.”
Ferguson’s comments echo the view of Arsenal head coach Mikel Arteta, who has also been full of praise for the impact Tierney has had with the Gunners since joining from Celtic in the summer of 2019.
Speaking earlier this year, Arteta said: “The right words to describe Kieran [Tierney] would be determination, passion and energy – that’s what is he about.
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“He is determined in every action, and puts it all into every game and the energy levels he provides to the team.
“He gives us something different on that left side and scored a great goal [against Benfica].”
Tierney has made 41 appearances for club and country so far this season, with the 23-year-old establishing himself as a key man for Arsenal and Scotland ahead of a big summer.