Arsenal target Tierney ‘billed as better than Van Dijk’

Ronny Deila, who handed the highly-rated left-back his debut for the Scottish champions, believes he boasts greater potential than a Liverpool star

Kieran Tierney has been billed as better than Virgil van Dijk by former Celtic boss Ronny Deila, with Arsenal told they would be getting a “really, really good” player if a deal can be done.

The Norwegian coach, who handed Tierney his Hoops debut back in 2015, told the Scottish Sun: “Kieran would be really, really good at Arsenal — I know it.

“He needs to improve a little bit technically, still. But at the same time he has everything else already and will learn the rest.

“I think Kieran has an even better mentality than Virgil. That’s what I saw at that time.

“Virgil, of course, has gone on to a different level since leaving Celtic, but at the time I worked with them both Kieran was even better.

“They both had the physical attributes to play at the highest level. Virgil had everything. But Tierney has the same.”