Brendan Rodgers is looking forward to a reunion with former Celtic left-back Kieran Tierney when Leicester City host Arsenal in Saturday’s crunch Premier League clash at the King Power Stadium, as reported by the Daily Record.
Tierney was just a teenager when Rodgers arrived in Glasgow in the summer of 2016 but, after just one season under the former Liverpool boss, it became apparent that the Celtic academy graduate was heading all the way to the top.
The 22-year-old won three Scottish Premiership titles and two SFWA Young Player of the Year awards during Rodgers’ time in charge of the Hoops before sealing a £20 million move to Arsenal, a matter of months after his former boss had returned to England with Leicester.
And, on Saturday afternoon, Rodgers and Tierney will be reunited for the first time since February when the two top-four chases go head-to-head.
“From a personal perspective I’m very much looking forward to seeing him again. Kieran was absolutely brilliant for me during my time at Celtic – a great boy who was just so committed to playing for Celtic,” said the Northern Irishman, whose Leicester side can go nine points clear of Arsenal with a win.
“He gave everything in training and did it with a real winning mentality. Every time he played for Celtic he poured absolutely everything into the shirt.”
Tierney has been one of the few bright sparks in a difficult season for The Gunners, immediately winning over his new supporters thanks to his swashbuckling style, boundless energy and affable personality. He was arguably Arsenal’s best player during a miserable Europa League draw with Vitoria Guimaraes on Wednesday.
The Express claimed in June that Rodgers was keen to take Tierney with him to Leicester before he swapped Parkhead for the Emirates. But in Ben Chilwell, The Foxes have one of the few Premier League left-backs who can claim to be even better than Arsenal’s newest fan favourite.
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