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Celtic: Kieran Tierney shouldn’t be satisfied with back-up role anywhere else

Celtic: Kieran Tierney shouldn’t be satisfied with back-up role anywhere else

It must be hard for any ardent Celtic fan reading this to admit but Kieran Tierney might be too good for the Scottish Premiership. 

However, it’s now his decision which path he wants to take to success. The young left-back is seemingly the hot topic when it comes to Celtic, as he’s being eyed for a summer move to the big leagues (linked with the likes of Borussia Dortmund and Arsenal by the Sun earlier this season) following another prolific season with the Hoops.

Even Celtic legend Frank McAvennie (via Express) believes he should move to the Premier League and choose Manchester United – a club he’s been linked with for over a year now – ahead of anyone else. With a host of top sides allegedly on his tail, he now needs to make a big decision. The industrial defender’s heart is seemingly set on Celtic, the club he supported as a boy and who gave him the spotlight in the first place, but temptation has changed many minds.

However, before any decision, Tierney needs to reevaluate his position at a big club. What’s the point in moving on from a place he could guarantee iconic status at just to sit on the bench elsewhere? Despite McAvennie’s belief that the Scotsman could replace him, there is the small matter of Luke Shaw.

Yes, the former Southampton teenager has struggled with form and fitness in equal measure since his move to Old Trafford in 2014 but he recently penned a long-term deal at the Theatre of Dreams and looks to be a regular under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

That probably means Tierney rarely gets to start, only making a few appearances here and there. For such an ambitious, passionate footballer, that would destroy his career.

Tierney’s performance-level is too high to be considered as the second option. Even this season, he’s assisted 5 times in the Premiership and helped Celtic keep 12 clean-sheets in 20 appearances (stats via Transfermarkt).

If the Scottish left-back wants to make big strides to become a world-class defender, remaining as a backup option will be futile. Tierney’s got some decisions to make in the summer, but going with the wrong option can undo everything he’s achieved at Celtic.

He might be too good for the Scottish league but he’s far too good to sit on the bench elsewhere. A weird kind of limbo and one Celtic fans will be desperate favours them.

Celtic fans, do you think Tierney should make the big jump soon? Join the discussion by commenting below…

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