In relation to unlikely sporting bromances, the bond shared between UFC famous person Conor McGregor and Arsenal full-back Kieran Tierney is actually up there with essentially the most uncommon.
Regardless of one sporting Versace and Gucci attire after coaching periods and the opposite utilizing a Tesco bag to hold his belongings, the 2 have struck up a agency friendship through the years.
The Gunners left-back, who’s having fun with a beautiful season in north London, idolises the Irishman and the pair linked on social media whereas Tierney was nonetheless at Celtic.
McGregor, who admitted to being a Hoops fan in 2014, met the left-back at a UFC occasion in Belfast and the pair chatted over their love of Celtic.
They stayed involved over social media and Tierney even gifted him a signed shirt after McGregor’s friends informed the Scotland worldwide the UFC famous person can be thrilled to obtain it.
Chatting with the Each day File in 2019, the Scot admitted he struggled to sleep out of pleasure after seeing the previous two-weight world champion really sporting the shirt throughout a coaching session.
“Truthfully, I couldn’t sleep that evening,” he mentioned. “He posted the image at 10.50pm and I used to be sitting there considering, ‘No means.’ That was me up the total evening, and I went buzzing into coaching.
“I’m an enormous fan, notably the way in which he talks about positivity. It’s all about mindset and the way you react to individuals doubting you, and methods to come again from defeats. Any athlete can relate to him.”
When the previous Celtic defender was sidelined for 10 weeks with a groin harm in the direction of the tip of the 2018/19 season, it was McGregor who gave him some important health tricks to get again on the pitch.
He mentioned: “All through my harm Connor McGregor was good with me. He has a programme he does on the watt bike that helped him get match and he was giving me recommendations on that, which was superb.
“I used to be doing work on the watt bike with the Celtic physios anyway – that’s what will get you match by means of completely different programmes. However I came upon his programme and had a glance to see if mine was related.
“I used to be nonetheless doing Celtic’s programme however the little ideas from him helped too. He’s my largest hero outdoors of soccer so it was superb. I don’t understand how my outcomes in comparison with his however it was fairly good.
“It was simply good to listen to from him. Whenever you’re injured you all the time really feel a bit decrease than standard since you’re not out on the pitch coaching with everybody.
“To listen to out of your hero and get recommendation from him lifted me that wee bit.”
Regardless of usually joking with Actual Madrid captain Sergio Ramos on Instagram and even assembly Juventus famous person Cristiano Ronaldo, McGregor admitted earlier than his UFC 246 comeback that Tierney is definitely his favorite participant.
“He rose up and is an outstanding, phenomenal soccer participant,” the Irishman gushed concerning the Arsenal left-back.
“I’m in dialog with him rather a lot. He is a good man, a very good child and I’m rooting for him.”
And he might be little question be happy to be taught of Tierney’s full throttle strategy on the coaching floor.
“He’s a driving pressure and he’s a throwback,” former Arsenal defender Martin Keown mentioned.
“In coaching, they’ve to inform him to settle down as a result of he’s tackling ferociously. I actually like that angle that he brings.
“He has bought the whole lot in his sport, it’s about constructing round him. Maybe an Arsenal captain within the making.”