Arsenal star Kieran Tierney compared to Liverpool star Virgil van Dijk in transfer claim | Football | Sport

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Arsenal new-boy Kieran Tierney has been compared to Virgil van Dijk by former Scotland boss Gordon Strachan.

The Gunners signed left-back from Celtic this summer for a fee of £25million, and he could make his first league start on Monday.

Strachan, who handed the 22-year-old his international debut, has described one talent as similar to Liverpool hero Van Dijk.

He told the Daily Star: “Kieran is seriously a wonderful kid and his understanding of danger is magnificent.

“He reminds me of Virgil Van Dijk in that way.

“The first time I watched Virgil and Kieran play, I thought, ‘Are you lucky, or are you brilliant at reading the game?’

“I’d love to see some analysis on how many times he intercepts or clears the ball in the box.

“He thinks like a forward, so he understands what they’re going to do.”

Strachan went on to outlined how impressed he was with Tierney during his time above the border, where he won eight league and cup winners’ medals.

He continued: “You could have six attackers and just him, and Kieran could still sniff the danger and get the ball.

“So he’ll certainly help Arsenal get to the top four, absolutely.

“Kieran will need a bit of time, he’s still a boy, but he’s an incredible signing for Arsenal.

“He’s more than just a good player — he has incredible spirit, strength, ability, and versatility, he’s perfect for Arsenal.

“He mostly played at left-back or wing-back for Celtic, but he can also play just as well at left centre-back or on the left of a three, which is how Unai Emery has got them playing just now.”

Arsenal travel to Old Trafford to play Manchester United on Monday with Tierney set to make his first league start after featuring against Nottingham Forest on Tuesday.

Emery’s side are currently three points above Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men, and will go third with three points.

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