Celtic are just one of a number of clubs who have it all to do this summer. Even the managerial role is up in the air, and that is just the start of what needs to be sorted this summer. One area that the fans may not have thought about, though, is left-back. Kieran Tierney is obviously the star, but interest in him is growing and a new man could come in.
That new man would likely be Milad Mohammadi. The Iranian left-back-come-left-winger starred at the 2018 World Cup in Russia and became an internet sensation for his failed roly-poly throw-in. That won’t be what the dynamic speed demon wants to be remembered for in football, and if he could be the Bhoys’ Kieran Tierney successor then he would go some way to banishing his throw-in nightmares.
At the age of just 21-years-old, Tierney has already done all there is to do in Scotland. The Celtic man is a massive Hoop and if he wasn’t marauding down the left-flank for the Bhoys then he would be at Parkhead getting behind the side and willing them onto success. However, he looks to have outgrown the club already, and soon Champions League football will surely come knocking.
Celtic have featured in the Champions League and Tierney has got a taste of it, but mostly it has come in the form of defeat and disappointment. Should he leave for a Premier League side in European competition or any other top end side, he could kick on and reach his potential. At Celtic, though, that might never happen, and from an individual perspective, he simply must leave sooner or later.
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The Iranian international already has it all to do to change the way he’s remembered, and whilst that’s a hard ask, being the man tasked with replacing Kieran Tierney would be just as tough. However, the Bhoys, according to Football Insider, want Mohammadi and have done for a while now. It seems the Azhmat Grozny man has been looked at as Tierney’s successor for some time, and he has what it takes.
Electric pace, the ability to double up as a winger and a track record of performing in big games when it matters. Mohammadi is still only 25-years-old too, so he has the rest of his career ahead of him and if he is to make the move from Russia to Glasgow then he’ll have all the time in the world to settle in and start starring in front of the Parkhead faithful, helping to soothe the pains of a potential Tierney exit and help the Hoops move into a new post-Tierney era.
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This is an incredibly tough battle to call. There is no doubting that Tierney is the better player, but with interest in him growing and Mohammadi potentially coming in this summer, this battle can be won by either player. Tierney would be the fan’s pick, but with Mohammadi a man who could come in for free, replace a departing hero and hold down the fort at left-back and on the left-wing for years to come, the Iranian international pips the Parkhead favourite in this battle, but only just.
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