Arsenal star slammed ahead of possible transfer as Gary Neville spots concerning moment

Arsenal star Kieran Tierney in action for Scotland at Euro 2024
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Gary Neville has explained why he was concerned about Scotland during their defeat to Germany after watching a moment from Arsenal star Kieran Tierney.

Scotland were beaten 5-1 by the tournament hosts at Euro 2024 in the first game of the competition last Friday. Tierney played 77 minutes of the fixture before being replaced by Scott McKenna, after performing as a left-sided centre-back.

Last season saw Tierney spend the campaign on loan at Real Sociedad and he has not made a competitive appearance for the Gunners since last August. Tierney made 26 appearances for the La Liga club and spent a portion of the campaign on the sidelines through injury.

His future at Arsenal has been the subject of speculation in recent months. The left-back admitted earlier this year that it's possible he could leave the Emirates Stadium on a permanent deal.

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Neville was working as a pundit for ITV Sport on Sunday when he was asked to provide analysis of Scotland's defeat to Germany. The Manchester United legend went on to identify a moment from Tierney that left him concerned.

"They [Scotland] were getting caught up in the first five minutes," Neville told ITV Sport.

"What I thought was a significant moment in the first couple of minutes in the game was when one of their experienced players, Kieran Tierney, playing for Arsenal Football Club, he celebrated winning a goal kick like it was almost the last minute of the game.

"I just thought, 'Oh no'. This is a marathon, this match. You have such a long way to go, and this isn’t a moment to try and get carried away.

"I don’t think that would have helped the more sort of junior players in that squad to settle down."