KIERAN TIERNEY revealed he knows some Celtic fans will never forgive him for quitting the champions.

The 22-year-old Scotland international left-back left the club two months ago in a record-breaking £25million switch to Arsenal.

Many Hoops supporters insisted he should have remained at Parkhead to help the side push towards a historic 10 successive titles.

However, Tierney, an admitted Celtic fan, moved to London when Unai Emery splashed the cash and he now acknowledges a section of the support won’t forget his exit.

The defender, speaking to the Scottish Sun, said: “I don’t know if it will pass, some fans probably won’t ever forgive me.

“Everyone has their choice, some people will support me and others won’t. I just want to say thanks to everyone who supported me at Celtic.

“I couldn’t have got the move to Arsenal without their support and love.

“I gave Celtic 15 years. I put my body through a lot by playing through injuries.

“I gave everything I could every single day. Hopefully, they will continue to support me, but, if not, I just have to deal with that.”

CUP THAT CHEERS…Kieran Tierney holds the League Cup after last season’s win over Aberdeen.

Tierney continued: “It has been hard. People probably don’t realise it was a big thing for me.

“I don’t have to explain my love for Celtic. Everyone knows it’s the club I’ve supported all my life.

“But this was a chance to move to a massive club in England. Everyone told me it was a great move. It’s a chance to play against some of the best players in the world.

“Every day I am training with some of the best players in the world as well. It’s an opportunity to better myself.

“Sometimes you have to look at your career as well as what your heart is telling you to do — it was the toughest decision of my life.

“It kept me up at nights thinking about it. People who are around me know how hard it was.

“Could I end up back at Celtic one day? I have signed a long-term deal here at Arsenal and you can’t think that far ahead.”

Tierney, who underwent a double hernia operation in the summer, played his last game for the champions as they sealed their eighth consecutive title in a 3-0 win over Aberdeen at Pittodrie on May 4.

He came off in the 57th minute to be replaced by Jonny Hayes – and that was the end of his career with the Hoops.

Tierney made his Gunners’ debut in a Carabao Cup win over Nottingham Forest last week and appeared again in the Europa League victory over Standard Liege on Thursday.


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Acclaimed author Alex Gordon wrote the biography of Scotland international legend Denis Law, entitled 'King and Country'. He is a former columnist with World Soccer magazine and Scottish correspondent of respected European journal L'Equipe.

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