Liverpool star Virgil van Dijk backs Arsenal target Kieran Tierney to shine in the Premier League as former Celtic team-mate nears exit
- Virgil van Dijk feels that Kieran Tierney can be a success in the Premier League
- Tierney, who played briefly with van Dijk at Celtic, is wanted by Arsenal
- Arsenal are eager to bring in the left-back before the transfer window closes
The left-back has been the subject of strong interest from Arsenal, but Celtic are demanding £25million for the left-back.
Van Dijk made the transition from Scottish football, firstly by joining Southampton, and is now widely seen as one of the standout players in the world.
Virgil van Dijk believes his ex-Celtic team-mate Kieran Tierney can succeed if he joins Arsenal
The 28-year-old believes that Tierney can adapt to the demands of the English top flight.
Van Dijk told The Daily Record: ‘It is not an easy step to make and you have to play well to do it. But Kieran has the qualities.’
Liverpool centre-back van Dijk was full of praise for Scotland international Tierney
Arsenal are eager to secure a deal for Tierney, with left-back a problem position for the Gunners at present as Nacho Monreal is in decline and Sead Kolasinac has frequently struggled defensively.
Despite having had several bids rejected for Tierney, Arsenal believe a deal can be done.
KIERAN TIERNEY’S 2018-19 SEASON
Premiership: 21 games, five assists
Europa League (including qualifiers): Eight games, one goal
Champions League qualifiers: Six games, one assist
League Cup: Three games
SFA Cup: Two games
Total: 40 games, one goal, six assists
Arsenal have already signed Dani Ceballos, Gabriel Martinelli and William Saliba this summer, with the latter having returned to Saint-Etienne on loan, while they are also set to secure the signing of winger Nicolas Pepe from Lille for £72million.
Tierney and van Dijk only played together briefly at Celtic, with the youngster featuring in two games as a substitute towards the end of the 2014-15 campaign.
Van Dijk recalled: ‘Kieran made his debut against Dundee when I was at Celtic. I scored a free-kick up there and then he came on and helped us get the win.’
Tierney has since gone on to establish himself as a hugely important figure for Celtic, while he has also been capped by Scotland on 12 occasions.