Celtic legend Scott Brown has tipped former teammate Kieran Tierney to be one of the top stars of Euro 2020.

Brown says the tournament could take Tierney to a "different stratosphere" and that Arsenal could struggle to hold onto the left-back when the dust has settled.

He says Tierney has "got the world at his feet but he carries his boots in a Tesco bag" as he and his teammates prepare to kick us off against the Czech Republic on Monday.

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The duo played together at Celtic Park for five years before Tierney headed to Arsenal, and Brown is at Aberdeen as player/assistant manager.

They won five league titles, two League Cups and two Scottish Cups, with a Treble Treble amongst it, and Brown has never hid his admiration for 24-year-old Tierney.

In his column for the Daily Record Brown said: "I look at Kieran Tierney and Andy Robertson and just think 'Wow!'.

"Steve Clarke deserves some credit for working out how to get them both into the same team but, oh my God, are these two making it work for him.

"Everyone knows how much I love KT. But he’s taken his game to a whole new level over the last couple of years. I’d go as far as to say he could be one of the stars of the entire tournament.

"You don’t see many other centre-backs overlapping their own full-backs and running beyond the strikers but that’s how KT has played this role.

"He’s basically a centre-back who plays like a winger.

"In all my time as a player I’ve never known anyone with his energy – he can run all day – but it’s his turn of pace over three or four yards that does the real damage.

Brown and Tierney enjoyed a huge level of success together at Celtic
Brown and Tierney enjoyed a huge level of success together at Celtic

"The quickest defenders in the world can’t cope with him when he’s running at full tilt, which is why I’m certain Arsenal will struggle to hold on to him.

"This tourney could take him into a different stratosphere and I’ll be delighted if it does because you couldn’t meet a better lad.

"He’s got the world at his feet but he carries his boots in a Tesco bag. That sums KT up in a nutshell. He just loves playing football.

"It was his dream to play for Celtic and Scotland – he did both before he was even 20.

"And now that he’s getting even stronger, there’s no limit to what he can achieve and how high he can go.

"But he’s not the only top talent in our team. Far from it.

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"There’s competition for places all over the pitch and I can’t say that was the case during my own time in the camp.

"We also have a manager clever enough to come up with a system that gets the very best out of all of them."

Brown will look on with interest when Scotland kick-off against the Czech Republic on Monday, but wishes he could have got to a major finals.

He said: "I can hardly keep my own excitement under control as kick-off at Hampden approaches.

"There’s no jealousy either. I’m just genuinely thrilled I can get this chance to support my own country at a Euro finals because, I have to be honest, there were times when I was playing for Scotland when I wasn’t sure this day would ever come.

"Some people might say it’s because I was playing for Scotland we never qualified for anything and, yes, they might have a point!

Brown says Arsenal could struggle to keep hold of Tierney after the Euros
Brown says Arsenal could struggle to keep hold of Tierney after the Euros

"But better players than me have all suffered the same agony in a dark blue shirt over the last 23 years.

"It always felt so close and yet so far away. We always seemed to fail at the death, not find a way of putting the ball in the back of the net or lose one with the last kick. It always seemed we would perform very well against the big boys, then shoot ourselves in the foot against teams we were expected to beat.

"And I’d be lying if I said it didn’t hurt like hell every single time.

"Every other summer we were stuck in the house watching another tournament pass us by on the TV.

"Every time it felt we were missing out on something incredible while the English and Irish were there in the middle of it. And in 2016 when Wales and Northern Ireland got there too, it was rubbing salt in the wounds.

"I’m just buzzing for the lads that this is their time as I know almost all of them really well and I know how much it means to them and to the whole country.

"I can’t wait to see what Scotland looks like at two o’clock on Monday. The streets will be empty and the whole country will feel like one big ghost town."

Brown added: "I remember France 98 and running home from school in time to watch the matches.

"I’d watch three or four games a day just because Scotland were a part of it. The tournament sucked me right in.

Tierney and Scotland are preparing for the big kick-off on Monday
Tierney and Scotland are preparing for the big kick-off on Monday

"That’s how much this one will mean to everyone and it’s why the players will love every minute of it. And trust me, this lot have a real chance of doing something special this summer.

"I look at the pace, fitness, sharpness and quality in that squad and I’m grateful I’m not still there trying to get a game.

"I had to retire just to get out of their way but, to be fair, if I were still there this lot would be coming through anyway! They are so good it’s frightening.

"It does feel as if everything has come together for Scotland at just the right time.

"And this time I can’t wait to watch it."

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