Liverpool defender Andrew Robertson has dismissed claims he urged Scotland team-mate Kieran Tierney to quit Celtic for the sake of his career.Bhoys left-back Tierney has reportedly already been the subject of one failed £15 million ($19m) bid from Arsenal after helping Celtic complete an historic triple treble last season.Transfer consultant Ian McGarry claimed Tierney’s chat with Scotland colleague Robertson has convinced the 22-year-old he should pursue a move south of the border. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Speaking on the Transfer Window Podcast, he said: “The second thing that has changed for Kieran Tierney is speaking to his international team-mate Andy Robertson. Lot of rubbish https://t.co/TYlzTNyA7o — Andrew Robertson (@andrewrobertso5) June 24, 2019 “Having won the Champions League at the end of last season, he’s told Tierney ‘look, don’t default your career for the sake of staying at the club you support’.”But Scotland skipper Robertson took to social media on Monday to distance himself from McGarry’s suggestion, quote tweeting an article about the subject with the post “lot of rubbish”. Celtic are reluctant to lose Tierney and the player still has four years remaining on his existing deal with the Scottish giants.Arsenal, though, are unlikely to be deterred as boss Unai Emery looks to rebuild his squad for next season after missing out on the Champions League.Tierney has played in a number of positions for Celtic, featuring at centre-back, centre-midfield and left-wing in addition to his most-natural left-back role. As well as reports linking him to north London, there have been some rumours of a reunion with Brendan Rodgers at Leicester as the former Hoops boss looks to put his own mark on the Fox’s squad. Robertson was released by Celtic at U15 level and but moved to fellow Glasgow club Queens Park where he went on to make his professional debut.The defender then blossomed after a move to Dundee United, and got a move south of the border to Hull City in 2014.After three season with the Tigers, Robertson moved to Anfield and has now emerged as one of the best left-backs in the Premier League, helping Liverpool secure the strongest defensive record in the top flight last season as they finished runners-up to Manchester City.
WASHINGTON – The decline in productivity among U.S. workers in the first months of 2012 was bigger than initially thought and the largest drop in a year, according to revised data issued on Wednesday.The U.S. Labor Department said Wednesday that productivity fell at an annual rate of 0.9 per cent in the first quarter. That’s faster than the initial 0.5 per cent annual decline for the period estimated last month.Productivity is the amount of output per hour of work.Less productivity is bad for corporate profits. But it could be good news for jobseekers. It could show that companies are struggling to squeeze more output from their workers and must hire if demand rises.Yet so far, companies have signalled a much different message. Employers added just 69,000 jobs in May, the fewest in a year, and just 77,000 in April. That’s a sharp decline from the 226,000 jobs created per month in the first quarter.“Going forward, the big question is the rate of gain in output growth. If it remains slow, as we feel likely, productivity gains will continue to be constrained,” said Joshua Shapiro, chief U.S. economist at MFR Inc.The U.S. productivity rate fell at a faster rate than first estimated because revisions showed less output and slightly more hours worked.Labour costs rose 1.3 per cent in the January-March quarter, down from an initial estimate of 2 per cent. The decline was largely due to smaller compensation costs.The estimates were the government’s second and final look at first-quarter productivity and labour costs.The faster decline in productivity was expected after the government said last week that the economy grew at an annual rate of 1.9 per cent in the January-March quarter. That was slightly slower than the government’s initial 2.2 per cent estimate.Productivity grew last year at the slowest pace in nearly a quarter century after rising sharply in 2010. The main reason productivity soared in 2010 was that it followed the worst recession in decades, when employers laid off millions of workers.Economists said the trend is typical during and after a recession. Companies tend to shed workers in the face of falling demand and increase output from a smaller work force. Once the economy starts to grow, demand rises and companies eventually must add workers if they want to keep up.Economists expect productivity growth will remain weak this year. Economists at JPMorgan are forecasting productivity will rise 0.7 per cent this year as companies add more workers.With so many people out of work and looking for jobs, there is little chance that wage pressures will get out of hand, economists note. by News Staff Posted Jun 6, 2012 10:34 am MDT Productivity of U.S. workers has biggest decline in a year in first quarter AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email