The Celtic fans in the Transfer Tavern have been enjoying their supremacy in Scottish football since Brendan Rodgers took charge at the club, but recent reports suggest their dominance could come under threat next season.
Steven Gerrard’s appointment at Ibrox has breathed new life into a club which has endured it’s fair share of struggle in recent years, and his impact could finally help Rangers challenge Celtic at the summit of the SPFL once again.
With Rangers seemingly in ascendancy, it’s crucial that Brendan Rodgers keeps the key figures of his squad at Celtic Park this summer to ensure the club continue in the same vein next season.
However, a recent report from the Scottish Sun suggests he may struggle to keep one of Celtic’s most influential payers at the club next season, namely Kieran Tierney.
According to the report, Tierney has emerged as a target for both Everton and Tottenham Hotspur this summer, and Marco Silva is set to table a £25 million bid for the 21-year-old this week.
The report has been received with a mix of scepticism and concern by the Celtic supporters who largely believe that Tierney is loyal to the club.
But the lure of the Premier League football and extortionate wages simply cannot be underestimated, and Tierney will certainly be giving a transfer away from the club a second-thought at the very least.
Despite this, Rodgers must do everything in his power to keep Tierney and set a precedent for the future.
First and foremost, Tierney is one of Celtic’s most gifted players and, at just 21-years-of-age, he has huge scope for improvement.
Naturally, losing a player of Tierney’s quality is a genuine cause for concern, but it’s the message his departure would send that is perhaps the most cataclysmic aspect of the potential deal.
Considering Tierney’s comments in the press and the fact his contract runs until 2023, there’s he should be allowed to depart the club anytime soon, so if he eventually leaves the Hoops then the message will be in plain sight for the next generation of stars currently rising through the ranks: Celtic is merely a stepping stone to the Premier League.
With that in mind, the sale of Tierney would undoubtedly be the worst transfer completed – either incoming or outgoing – since Rodgers took charge at the club, so it’s absolutely imperative that the manager speaks with Tierney and ensures that he remains focussed on his career in Scotland for the foreseeable future.
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