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Five Scottish Premiership players who possess Premier League quality

Friday 20th October 2017
The standard of football in the Scottish Premiership is knocked from time to time, mainly because of the dominance of Celtic. But there are players in that league who could be playing at a higher level. That higher level is just south of the border in the Premier League. A couple of these players are still young so could still make it in the "best league in the world".

Kieran Tierney

Celtic's left back has been voted PFA Young Player of the Year up in Scotland for the past two seasons and when you see him play, it's easy to see why. Tierney is very much an attacking full-back and has been bombing up and down that side of the pitch in green and white since he was 17. After having an impressive first few months in the senior squad, the Scot soon cemented himself as the first choice left-back.
Tierney signed a new five-year deal in 2016 and became a huge favourite with Brendan Rodgers, he was often employed at left wing-back thanks to Rodgers' expressive playing style. He was an instrumental part in Celtic's unbeaten domestic season last time out, winning 3 trophies and picking up a couple of nasty injuries due to his bravery.

Most suited to – Liverpool, Manchester United

James Tavernier

This player has actually played Premier League football before, but only briefly with Newcastle United at the start of his career. After several loan spells in the football league, the attacking right-back found his way up to Rangers in 2015, while the club was still outside of the Scottish Premiership.
The Englishman is very similar in playing style to Kyle Walker; fast and strong with a potent attacking threat but also assertive and trustworthy in defence. Not only is a threat out wide, he's also a prolific goal scorer considering where he plays – during his three seasons at Rangers, he's notched an impressive 19 goals. He's ideal for any team looking for a quicker and more attacking option at right back and is approaching his prime at the age of 25.

Most suited to – West Ham, Bournemouth

Moussa Dembele

The French striker spent much of his youth career at PSG so it's normal to expect him to be a top-class talent. Things didn't quite come together in Paris for him and he moved to Fulham in 2012, going on to make over 60 appearances for the West London club, scoring on 19 occasions. People expected Dembele to make the step up to the Premier League after a couple of successful seasons with Fulham in Championship but he made the surprise switch to Scotland after Celtic fended off competition from Tottenham.
A year later, Dembele was being touted as a £30m target for Chelsea after scoring 32 goals for Celtic in the 2016/17 season as the Hoops won the treble. His hold up play and clinical finishing are just some of his strengths and he could play for virtually any English side without looking out of place.

Most suited to – Chelsea, Everton

Stuart Armstrong

Celtic's attacking midfielder joined the club from Dundee United along with Gary Mackay-Steven and the two have had contrasting fortunes since. Mackay-Steven was found in a river this summer after a night out and Armstrong has become a highly influential player for Celtic and Scotland.
Armstrong has been named in the PFA Team of the Year for the last three seasons in Scotland and, after a slow start to his Celtic career, he's getting on the scoresheet more often than not. He's creative, two-footed and has an eye for goal that's bettered by very few midfielders in the Scottish Premiership – perfect for a team struggling in front of goal because this man guarantees goals and assists.

Most suited to – Leicester, Bournemouth, West Brom

Graeme Shinnie

This is someone you perhaps hadn't heard of before so hear me out. He plays as a holding midfielder for Aberdeen and is known as one of the league's most consistent players up in the Scottish Premiership. Shinnie has a lot of experience for a 26-year-old, he's racked up around 300 games for Inverness and Aberdeen, showing how valuable he is to his managers.
If you buy Graeme Shinnie, you don't buy him for his goals, he's quite contempt and efficient in sitting in front of a back four and screening more creative players that the opposition has on their side. To the bafflement of many Scots, he's never been picked to represent his country but, with a change of manager, that should soon change.

Most suited to – Crystal Palace, Huddersfield
Billy Munday

I'm a young, aspiring sports journalist and also a Chelsea fan, living the dream in London. You can find more examples of my work on Chelsea blogs such as the Chelsea Chronicle.

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