Kolo Toure compares Celtic’s Kieran Tierney to Ashley Cole

Getty Images
The former Gunners defender has likened the 20-year-old to his former teammate following his impressive form

Kolo Toure has compared Celtic defender, Kieran Tierney to his former teammate Ashley Cole after his superb display in the 3-0 demolition of Anderlecht in the Champions League on Wednesday.

Tierney capped a fine display with an assist that gave Brendan Rodgers’ men the first goal of the game.

And the Bhoys technical Assistant has praised the left back for his work rate and is confident that he can reach the level of the former Arsenal defence ace.

 “Kieran Tierney is a lot like Ashley Cole in the way that he bombs up and down the flanks and that he is also so physically strong,” Toure told The Herald.

“He plays every game as well. He is not the tallest but he is a fighter and he is strong. He crosses, gets back and defends. He is a very good player. Can he reach Ashley Cole’s level one day? Yes, of course. He has such great potential.

Article continues below

“Kieran Tierney’s work rate is just amazing. He gives 100 percent in every game, he makes lots of runs and makes lots of assists too.

“He defends, he goes forward, he is every inch the modern left back. He is playing his football for a great club like Celtic and his potential is really great too. But we want him to stay with Celtic as long as possible. When you saw the way he was passing the ball against Anderlecht it was just great.”