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Kieran Tierney has named the position he would play UFC star Conor McGregor in if he were to join Arsenal.
The Gunner, a friend of the superstar MMA fighter, reckons the Irishman can ‘do it all’ with the ball a it his feet but knows the role which he would suit most.
Defender Tierney joked the the fighter would ‘put the fear in everyone’ if he played at centre-back.
Taking part in a Q&A on Twitter, he was asked: “If your mate Conor McGregor was to play for Arsenal, what position would you play him?”
Tierney replied: “Centre half. No nonsense. Put the fear in everyone. Seen him upfront as well, great goal scorer. Can do it all.”
Though at just 5ft 9in, McGregor may be a little undersized for a centre-back, but we’re not going to tell him to his face.
Tierney and McGregor’s friendship dates back to when the Scotland international was at Celtic and they have stayed in touch.
The UFC star was spotted training in a Celtic shirt with Tierney’s name and number on the back before a fight back in 2018.
“Honestly, I couldn’t sleep that night,” the Arsenal star said in an interview earlier this year. “He posted the picture at 10.50pm and I was sitting there thinking, ‘No way.’ That was me up the full night, and I went buzzing into training.
“I’m a massive fan, particularly the way he talks about positivity. It’s all about mindset and how you react to people doubting you, and how to come back from defeats. Any athlete can relate to him.”
When the former Celtic defender was sidelined for ten weeks with a groin injury towards the end of the 2018/19 season, it was McGregor who gave him some vital fitness tips to get back on the pitch.
He said: “Throughout my injury Connor McGregor was brilliant with me. He has a programme he does on the watt bike that helped him get fit and he was giving me tips on that, which was amazing.”
Despite regularly joking with Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos on Instagram and even meeting Juventus superstar Cristiano Ronaldo, McGregor admitted before his UFC comeback last year that Tierney is actually his favourite player.
“He rose up and is a phenomenal, phenomenal football player,” the Irishman gushed about the Arsenal left-back.
“I am in conversation with him a lot. He is a great guy, a good kid and I’m rooting for him.”