The Rangers fans in the Transfer Tavern are hoping the arrival of Steven Gerrard can stimulate a huge improvement in the club’s fortunes next season as they bid to catch Celtic at the summit of the SPFL, but recent reports suggest interest in Kieran Tierney could also play a decisive role in the title race.
The appointment of Gerrard has sparked a fresh sense of optimism at Ibrox which has been distinctly lacking in recent years whilst Celtic have strutted their stuff and ominously dominated Scottish football. Whether or not the optimism is based on solid footballing reasons or blind faith remains to be seen, but the feeling at the club suggests times of change could be looming on the horizon ahead of the new season.
Celtic will not be too concerned just yet due to Gerrard’s glaring lack of experience in management which will certainly shine through at times during the season to come, but circumstances within their own club should give the supporters something to worry about this summer.
According to a recent report from the Scottish Sun, Kieran Tierney has emerged as a target for both Tottenham Hotspur and Everton this summer, with the latter all set to table a £25 million bid for his services this week.
The news hardly arrives as a surprise to Celtic supporters who have watched the 21-year-old develop into a fine full-back in the past three seasons, but they are hoping his personal affection for the club will be enough to persuade him to remain at Celtic Park.
On the flip side, the Rangers supporters should be gunning for Tierney to depart Celtic this summer as his sale would undoubtedly arrive as a crushing disappointment to the Bhoys faithful who regard the academy product in such high esteem.
Momentum and mentality have consistently proven to be two pivotal factors which shape the footballing world and, with Rangers clearly in the ascendancy, they’ll be hoping for Celtic to suffer a significant blow this summer – such as the sale of Tierney – to put them on the back foot ahead of the new season.
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