For Celtic, Kieran Tierney’s been a prized possession for many years now.
Coming out their academy, he’s seemingly gained attention from all around the footballing world because of his solid performances for the Hoops in their extremely successive recent period of domestic domination. Indeed, along that trophy-laden path, Tierney has certainly proven himself as a complete left-back who can do it all.
Considering the importance of full-backs in the modern game, that’s quite the statement.
After initially coming to prominence under Ronny Deila, Tierney’s made strides for the Scottish giants and impressed many with his commendable growth in a position so often coveted by continental giants. Having asserted himself as a vital cog in Celtic’s system, Tierney’s work in, not only the league, but Europe also has made many European giants envious of his talents.
The left back’s the subject of rumours all around, with the likes of Arsenal, Tottenham Hotspur and most recently Borussia Dortmund (via the Scottish Sun) enquiring for his services. While the Hoops have done well to thwart away attention this far and keep him happy at his home club, there’s surely only so much they can do.
The Bhoy born on the Isle of Man has certainly continued his solid work this season as well, keeping ten clean-sheets and assisting five times in 17 Premiership appearances (stats via Transfermarkt). Despite injury issues, he’s kept up his stunning work to increase the intensity of transfer rumours and clearly loves his club through and through.
Well, so did Brendan Rodgers…
Come June, however, he needs to make a crucial decision on his career.
While it’d be extremely difficult for Tierney to leave the club which gave him the spotlight, built him up and developed, the left-back must be urged to make that big step forward. With so many European giants seemingly after his services, surely he can only resist the urge for so long.
The Scotland international might have more integrity about him than his former manager and has often shown he loves Celtic through and through but Rodgers’ exit should serve as a warning. Indeed, former Celt Mark Wilson suggested the same when talking to the Glasgow Evening News back towards the start of the month, believing it ‘inevitable’ a Premier League club would table a bid in the coming months and it’d be no ‘surprise’ if he quit.
”He’ll know he can earn £100,000 a week like Andy Robertson at Liverpool”, Wilson the Evening News in March while at a Ladbrokes event.
For every Hoop reading this, they better hope he’s more honest than Rodgers…
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