According to a report from The Scottish Sun, Everton have ended their interest in Celtic left back Kieran Tierney. The 21-year-old has been repeatedly linked with a move to Goodison Park given current first-choice left back Leighton Baines is entering the twilight of his career, but it appears that the Scotland international is set to remain at Parkhead this summer.
And while interest is still likely to remain in the supremely talented defender, this news that Everton are out of running is surely the best Celtic fans have received so far this summer.
Ultimately, Tierney was always going to attract attention this summer given the incredible start to life he has made at Celtic Park, what with the 21-year-old only breaking through into the first team for his debut back in April 2015, yet he has since become Brendan Rodgers’ number one left back.
The nine-times Scotland international has played 130 times for the Bhoys in the last three years or so and has earned many rave reviews in that time, with his attacking exploits of particular note to many in the Tavern given he has laid on 31 assists in that time.
And with several impressive displays in their European adventures in the last few years, not least in their 3-3 draw with Manchester City back in September 2016 which reportedly interested Citizens chief Pep Guardiola, the 21-year-old looks destined for huge things in the game.
And that is why news that Celtic have held firm to put Everton off Tierney is likely to be very well received by Bhoys supporters, as Rodgers’ side simply cannot be in the business of selling their best players if they are to continue improving and developing under the ex-Liverpool boss.
The Scottish giants are currently streets ahead of everyone else north of the border but are likely to be keeping a close eye on things down the road at Rangers, what with new boss Steven Gerrard making some very shrewd additions in their quest to compete at the top of the Scottish Premiership.
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And while they are dominant in Scotland, Rodgers’ side have ultimately disappointed in Europe in the last few years, with many of our resident Celtic fans hopeful for better having lost in the last-32 of the Europa League last season.
And to go further in Europe, and indeed maintain their domination north of the border, they have to keep their best players, not least those that can produce the goods both in the present, and indeed the future – Tierney is one of those.
Thus, while the Tierney transfer saga isn’t necessarily over just yet, Everton’s decision to end their interest is sure to come as the best news Celtic fans have received so far this summer.
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