KIERAN TIERNEY is feeling right at home in London – because he stays with his own personal chef.
Former Celtic star Tierney reveals in new Amazon Prime docuseries, All Or Nothing: Arsenal how he was struck by homesickness following his £25million move in 2018.
But he has all his home comforts now that he lives with Gunners chief cook and friend Johnny McCallum.
The pair live close to the Arsenal Training Centre in north London.
Tierney said: “He can get quite angry sometimes if we get beat, but that’s just passion for you. That’s what he cares about so I stay out his way.
“Johnny knows if I’m angry, he leaves the food and just bolts.”
Despite becoming a Premier League millionaire, humble Tierney still remembers his roots.
He says: “Where I grew up was Muirhouse in Motherwell. It was just working class upbringing.
“If you want something you were told you need to work for it. I think that’s where I get a lot of my work-rate from.
“My mentality is from my mum and dad. They worked for everything they have.
“My mum had three jobs, as a dinner lady, a cleaner in the school. She was up at five, six in the morning everyday just to provide for me and my sister.”
And Tierney reveals his mum was worried he’d turn into a big shot.
He says: “The thing I enjoy the most is making your family proud. That is genuinely the best thing, money can’t buy stuff like that.
“My mum would watch the TV and it’s all like these superstars.
“They’re celebrities more than footballers at times.
“When I came down here I think she was scared if I would go like that, if I would just change.
“Looking back now, it was hard. My mum and dad say it all the time, “It’s brilliant that you’ve got Johnny. Not just because he cooks, because he looks after you’.”
McCallum says: “I’m getting emotional.”
Tierney adds: “I don’t speak often man but when I speak it’s from the heart.”
– All or Nothing: Arsenal is available on Amazon Prime from 4 August.
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