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Hartson: Tierney a better defender than Liverpool's Robertson

So.. why is it that whenever the international break comes around you get these sorts of ridiculous statements and opinions from ex-pros and supposed footballing 'experts'?

Today it's the turn of former Celtic and Arsenal striker John Hartson, who you may remember for kicking former team mate Eyal Berkovic in the face because he was a bit of a thug.

But don't let that detract from his opinion that Arsenal (he's not biased, either) - and former Celtic - left-back Kieran Tierney is a better defender than our own Andy Robertson.

He told the Daily Record: "People talk about Andy Robertson. I would say at this moment in time he has better delivery but Kieran is a better defensive player.

"Kieran gets low and defends well and he can also play as wing-back if needed.

"I watched Robertson when he was playing for Dundee United when I was covering the game and he was good.

"He went down to Hull and his career fizzled out there but Liverpool took him for £10m and now he is on fire."

So because Robertson was brave enough to test himself in a much stronger league at a younger age, with Hull, where he sadly eventually got relegated, his career 'fizzled'.

Ignoring the fact that he remained one of the best defenders in the league, even whilst getting relegated, Hartson doesn't mention that we've barely seen anything of Tierney since he arrived at Arsenal.

As the Wales striker himself no doubt realised too, it's far easier to be a great player in the Scottish Premier division and many, if not most, that make the transition struggle to adapt and end up dropping down a division or going back to Scotland.

What Hartson also ignores is that Robertson is Scotland captain, widely regarded as the best left-back in Europe and has recently won the Champions League, Super Cup and his team are currently sitting top of the league.

There's no doubting that Robertson is a better attacking full-back than Tierney, but he rarely get the credit he deserves as a defender. Even at Liverpool. The reason for that? He makes it all look too easy.

And who knows, the former Celtic man may go on to be proven right, but until the 22 year old from the Isle of Man actually plays more than a few minutes for an average Arsenal sides, we'll just never know.

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