Former Scotland striker Kenny Miller has offered his advice to Kieran Tierney, asserting that the talented defender should seek regular first-team football elsewhere.
The 26-year-old Scotland international has been the subject of transfer rumors linking him to Newcastle United.
Tierney, who made a £25 million move from Celtic to London in 2019, has amassed 39 caps for his national team.
Miller shared his thoughts during an interview with BBC Scotland’s Sportsound, stating, “I think he probably needs to now. When he plays, he’s a world-class left-back. To play regular football, he probably needs to step away from Arsenal.
“There will be lots and lots of teams that will take him. He’ll have loads of potential suitors. If he moves, he’ll have a number of options. If he’s not going to be getting a game, he’s too good to sit as part of a squad.”
Despite featuring in 36 matches for Arsenal last season, Tierney’s role in the Scottish national team has primarily been as a left-back, as opposed to the left side of a back three.
Miller acknowledged this discrepancy, saying, “It doesn’t seem to affect his performances at an international level. When you’re playing week in, week out, there’s maybe just a different edge to your game. I think there’s potentially more in him from what we’ve seen.”
Miller emphasized Tierney’s value as one of Scotland’s best players and suggested that a move to Newcastle, given the current state of the club, would be a significant step.
He also highlighted the allure of Champions League football, pointing out that Tierney would not be stepping away from that level of competition.
Kieran Tierney has become a bit-part player in Arsenal, with Mikel Arteta preferring the technical superiority of Oleksandr Zinchenko since joining from Manchester City last summer and sometimes, Takehiro Tomiyasu ahead of the former Celtic defender.