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Arsenal defender Kieran Tierney has named his ‘hero’ by sharing a picture on social media.
The Scottish international, who has been out of action since December with a shoulder injury, is close to a return for the Gunners after joining group training sessions in Dubai during the winter break.
Tierney is expected back in full training soon, which will come as a huge boost to Mikel Arteta in light of Sead Kolasinac picking up a shoulder problem of his own during the 3-2 win over Everton.
But while he builds up to full fitness ahead of a first-team return, Tierney took some time off to reunite with one of his old Celtic teammates.
The 22-year-old fullback joined Arsenal from the Scottish champions for £25million last summer, but remains close to several of the players at the Glasgow giants.
One of those is Celtic captain Scott Brown, who played alongside Tierney for the Arsenal defender’s entire career at Park Head.
Tierney posted a picture on his Instagram account of himself sitting next to Brown, with the caption: ‘Always a pleasure seeing ma hero…’ along with a heart emoji.
Several Arsenal players, including Bukayo Saka, Granit Xhaka and Alexandre Lacazette responded by liking the picture.
Brown has previously suggested that Tierney has the ability to reach the very top and end up at a club like Barcelona.
“You don’t know what could happen,” he told The Herald last summer.
“He could have a fantastic couple of seasons and end up at Barcelona or PSG or wherever.
“There are pictures on the wall all over the club of players who have left, and everyone would wish them all the best,” he said.
“They can come back as well, that’s what this club is all about. I see Ajax bringing players through and selling them on – and they have a party for them leaving.
“We try and criticise. It’s a different level. We wish him all the best. We just concentrate on now and [new left-back Boli Bolingoli] has to push on and try to get to the levels that Kieran did.”