Kieran Tierney has the ‘qualities’ to succeed at Arsenal, says Liverpool star Virgil van Dijk

Liverpool ace Virgil van Dijk has backed Kieran Tierney to succeed at Arsenal (Picture: Getty)

Liverpool star Virgil van Dijk is confident Kieran Tierney has all the ‘qualities’ to succeed in the Premier League should Arsenal complete a move for the left-back.

Arsenal are hopeful of reaching an agreement with Celtic for Tierney despite failing with £15m and £25m bids for the 22-year-old Scotland international earlier this summer.

It’s understood the Scottish champions are holding out for a fee of £30m from the Gunners.

Tierney has risen through the ranks at Celtic to become one of the Scottish Premiership’s standout players in recent seasons and Van Dijk, who shared a dressing room with the full-back in Glasgow, was aware of his former team-mate’s talent early on.

Van Dijk has gone from strength to strength since securing a move south of the border back in 2015 – when he left Celtic to join Southampton – and the Dutchman has backed Tierney for similar success in England.

‘It is not an easy step to make and you have to play well to do it but he has the qualities,’ Van Dijk said when asked about Arsenal’s interest in Tierney.

‘Kieran made his debut against Dundee when I was at Celtic.

‘I scored a free-kick up there and then he came on and helped us get the win. You could tell he was a good player who would do well.’

Van Dijk was team-mates with Tierney at Celtic (Picture: Getty)

Van Dijk returned to Scotland at the weekend as Liverpool lost 3-0 to Napoli at Murrayfield and enjoyed the occasion despite the result.

‘I enjoyed being back on Sunday a lot. It is always great to be in Scotland,’ he said.

‘The last time I was here it was with my national team when we played Scotland at Pittodrie. It has been a while.

‘It has always been good to play here.’

Celtic have slapped a £30m price tag on the Scottish full-back (Picture: Getty)

Tierney’s Scotland team-mate, Andy Robertson, has also tipped his compatriot for big things amid speculation of a possible move to Arsenal.

‘I’ve played with KT for Scotland and he’s played right back and centre back. I’ve watched him and he’s a very good footballer,’ the Liverpool star told Sky Sports.

‘Last season he obviously had his injury problems.

‘Whatever happens with KT is up to him and the people around him. He’ll make the right choice.

‘He’s a Celtic boy through and through and you can’t take that away from him.

‘Let’s see how it unfolds. Good luck to him whatever he does.’

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