On their way to yet another Scottish Premiership crown, it’s fair to say the Celtic fans propping up the bar in the Transfer Tavern have enjoyed the last few months under the stewardship of Brendan Rodgers.
It’s clear that the Hoops have had a fire lit under them once again after a stagnant period (though one that yielded two league crowns) under Ronny Deila and his Northern Irish replacement looks like an ideal fit at Parkhead.
Clearly, the next step for the Bhoys is becoming more competitive in the Champions League and, while those in green and white need to be realistic in terms of keeping the likes of Moussa Dembele long-term, retaining at least some of their prized assets should be of the utmost importance.
Though the aforementioned French forward clearly has a huge future in the game, Rodgers’ job in Glasgow to extend European campaigns will be made nigh-on impossible should too many others follow him out of the exit door.
Which is exactly why the SPFL champions need to do all they can to keep Kieran Tierney.
Following his stunning emergence from the club’s youth ranks, the Scotland international has been linked with big moves away from his boyhood charges, despite a nasty injury interrupting what should have been a great season.
Considering the relative dearth in top level left-backs around the landscape of world football right now, the 19-year-old is likely to be a hot property as he continues to impress for Celtic.
However, selling the defender anytime soon would be a sign they are merely acting on a conveyer-belt basis and, as we are seeing with the likes of Southampton and Swansea City right now, that can only last a few years at least.
Allowing Dembele to fulfil his potential, presumably at a European powerhouse, is one thing but tying Rodgers’ hands by selling more prized assets not only prevents him from truly building but also sends out the wrong message to any player who could potentially join the Bhoys.
Especially considering the fact he is a lifelong Hoops fans and representative of the club’s proud tradition in developing their own stalwarts, he is crucial to their plans going forward.
Simply put, keeping Tierney long-term is crucial to Rodgers’ plans to build Celtic back up in the Champions League.
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