Is Kieran Tierney the best defender in the Scottish Premiership? In the eyes of Celtic fans across Glasgow, it isn’t even an argument.
The 21-year old burst onto the scene for the Hoops as a teenager in 2015 after making his debut in a 2-1 victory at Dundee and has since established himself as an imperative member of a team which is bidding to secure a third treble in three years.
With no fewer than nine major trophies to his name already, Tierney’s rise to prominence continued when he was handed his first Scotland cap by former manager Gordon Strachan in 2016 and has since made 12 appearances for his country.
Having already featured in over 160 games for Celtic, the full-back’s outstanding form over the past two seasons has attracted interest from elsewhere.
According to reports in The Scottish Sun, Tierney has been linked with a possible move to Bundesliga giants Borussia Dortmund in the summer who are preparing a bid of £25m to prise him away from Celtic Park.
Despite almost being guaranteed success if he stays with the Bhoys, the Isle of Man-born star may find it hard to turn down a move to one of Europe’s biggest teams and it may be time for the club to cash in.
By receiving a hefty sum for Tierney, Celtic could use the funds to improve over areas of their squad ahead of next season. Whether this means committing to a permanent move for Paris Saint-Germain’s Timothy Weah or investing wisely elsewhere, it could lead to the club having a better chance of achieving success in Europe.
The Hoops have failed to reach the round of 16 in the Champions League for six years and didn’t even make it to the group stages this season after succumbing to a 3-2 aggregate defeat to AEK Athens in the qualifying stages of the tournament.
For the club to reach the levels that saw them face off against Juventus in 2013, they need to make changes to a side that despite being far too good for Scotland, is nowhere near good enough to compete with Europe’s elite.
If Tierney is to move to Dortmund, he could follow in the footsteps of fellow Briton Jaden Sancho who has set the Bundesliga alight this season by scoring eight goals and providing ten assists. Celtic, too, could prosper.
What do you think Celtic fans? Do you think that it is the right time for Tierney to leave? Who would you buy with the money that the club would receive for this transfer? Let us know below.