Celtic defender Kieran Tierney must not be overawed when he faces Bayern Munich’s Arjen Robben, says former Champions League winner Owen Hargreaves.

The Englishman – who won the title with the German giants in 2001 and then again with Manchester United in 2008 – has urged the 20-year-old to take the game to his more experienced opponent in tonight’s group match at the Allianz Arena.

Tierney certainly took no backward step ahead of the earlier game against Paris Saint-Germain, stating he was “undeterred” by the prospect of facing Neymar.

Celtic lost that match 5-0 but got their campaign back on track by beating Anderlecht 3-0 in Belgium.

With PSG among the favourites to win this year’s competition, the clashes against Bayern take on extra significance for the Bhoys; get the better of the Germans and they will put themselves in with a good chance of sealing a place in the knockout stages.

Tierney is reportedly wanted by clubs in England and Hargreaves said that these are the sort of games that players should be looking forward to.

“These are the games that will take your reputation to a higher level on the European stage,” he told The Daily Record.

“You grow up watching these guys on the television and then suddenly you are out on the pitch playing against them.

“When I played against Figo for the first time, he was the most expensive player in the world and I remember thinking, ‘I hope he doesn’t destroy me here’.

“But the game started and I nicked the ball off Figo and ran past Roberto Carlos. At that point I had an awakening on the pitch, thinking, ‘These guys have got two legs, just like me. Now I need to find a way to impose myself on them’.”

Hargreaves, who also won 42 England caps, now thinks that the young Celtic players need to follow his own example and look to get on the front foot against their opponents.

“While Bayern are heavy favourites if Tierney, or even Patrick Roberts, can get a bit of joy and confidence then those young players can grow incredibly in a game like this,” he said.

“For Tierney in particular, rather than be daunted by the prospect of facing Robben, he has to be excited and see it as a challenge. Robben should be the one coming off the pitch saying, ‘Who the hell was that guy?’.

“Robben gives everyone the runaround but Tierney should look to impose himself and take away what he does best.

“Make him go down the right wing.”

It sounds a simple enough plan and plenty of left-backs have tried it over the years only to find themselves embarrassed by the skilful Dutchman.

While Tierney was impressive against Anderlecht, keeping Robben quiet would raise his stock even further.


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