SCOTT BROWN insists Kieran Tierney will get over his false start at Arsenal and show everyone why he was worth a record-breaking £25million.

The left-back left Celtic for the London outfit in the summer – and the Hoops skipper insisted it was the right time for his team-mate to make the switch.

Brown, speaking to talkSPORT, said: “He showed his qualities at Celtic and that is why Arsenal wanted him.

“For me, it was sad to see him go, he was a great player and a great friend, as well. But it was the right time.

“He will kick-on and he’ll show everyone what a top quality player he is over the next six months.”

Brown defended Tierney when he was questioned about the 22-year-old defender’s slow start to life in the English top flight where he has made only seven first-team appearances for under-pressure Spanish gaffer Unai Emery who hasn’t seen his team win in the last five games.

Thirty-four-year-old midfield powerhouse Brown added: “He is a fantastic full-back.

“He’s got every single thing you could ask for.

“He’s got pace, he’s got strength and he’s got that willingness to win, as well.”

Tierney has had to bide his time since the move south following a double hernia operation in the summer.

He struggled foe game-time at the champions after the turn of the year and was forced to sit out the 2-1 Scottish Cup Final victory over Hearts at Hampden on May 25 when Neil Lennon’s men sealed the unprecedented treble treble.


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