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Kieran Tierney Issues Emotional Goodbye Statement on Instagram ‘From the Bottom of my Heart’

Kieran Tierney Issues Emotional Goodbye Statement on Instagram ‘From the Bottom of my Heart’

Kieran Tierney has issued an emotional goodbye statement to the Celtic support tonight following his decision to sign for Arsenal.

The left-back has signed a five-year deal for the North London club today after both clubs finally agreed a fee in the region of £25 million, after several weeks of protracted negotiations.

Having graduated through the Hoops’ youth system, and known to have been a lifelong Celtic fan, Tierney’s departure will be hitting some of the club’s supporters hard this evening, and it seems the mega-money deal wasn’t an easy decision for the player himself.

The 22-year-old took to his official Instagram account to explain his decision somewhat, whilst thanking the fans, coaching staff and his now former Celtic team-mates:

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This is coming from the bottom of my heart! I don’t know how to even begin to put the last 15 years of my life into words… what you as fans have given me and my family I cannot repay you in any way possible and for that I am sorry. From the age of 7 I was lucky enough to play for the club I love and will continue to love till the day I die no matter what happens. Every single second of my Celtic career was a dream and I gave my all every single time I stepped onto that pitch, it’s honestly the least I could do for everyone involved at the club. There is to many people to thank individually so I don’t even know where to begin. Every single coach and staff member who has helped me on my way to getting where I am today I am so grateful for all the hours help you put into me making me a better player and a better person. My team mates have been the best I could possibly have asked for what a bunch of legends man who I’ll be supporting untill the end. Where can I start with the fans? I tried my best to represent you every time I went onto that pitch. The relationship we had together and the memories we created and history we made was incredible.. I will cherish every single second of it. I hope we can continue to have a relationship although I understand that will be never for some people which is heartbreaking for me but I understand the emotions surrounding this situation. It has been the hardest day or two of my life and I really appreciate every single message of support from you all. This was not easy in any way shape or form. To end id like to mention the special relationship I had with the ultras who I have grown up with from BHOYS and Green Brigade.. the atmosphere yous create to help the team is massive and it helped me so much over the last few years.. I thank u so much for these times together what we have achieved as a club the last few years isn’t possible without you and all the fans. This is not nearly enough of what I am feeling but I literally cannot put into words with the emotion I’m feeling towards you all but I hope I showed you every game that I was lucky enough to play. God bless🙏🏻💚 @celticfc

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Tierney is still recovering from a double hernia operation undertaken at the end of May, so it remains to be seen when he’ll make his Arsenal bow.

But what do you make of his decision to leave for the Premier League, and his goodbye statement?

Let us know in the comments section below…

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