As per recent reports in The Mirror Everton are the latest club said to be monitoring Celtic’s left-back sensation Kieran Tierney.
It would undoubtedly take a massive bid to persuade the Glasgow club to sell the talented 21-year-old who still has five years to run on his contract at Celtic Park.
Tierney – whose performances for the Hoops has also reportedly caught the eye of Manchester United and Tottenham – has been touted as a future captain for the Scottish national side by Scottish football pundit and former Celtic team-mate, Kris Commons:
“Kieran’s been linked with all of the top clubs in England and he’s just grown and grown and grown. His strength and his rapport with the supporters has propelled him not only into Celtic’s starting XI but also into the category of Scotland’s next captain, which is remarkable for someone so young.”
The young left-back has been a central figure for Celtic this campaign with the player going on to win the Scottish Football Writers’ Young Player of the Year award for the third successive season.
At the close of the season, Brendan Rogers himself conceded that it is not a certainty Tierney will be at Parkhead come September, admitting that if a big offer was to come in, there is a conversation to be had.
Rodgers said:”If a player is on X amount of money and he’s offered five X by someone else and the club also has a big offer then it’s something that will be spoken about.”
Tierney himself has played down speculation and has always maintained that he he is happy at Celtic – the club he has been with since the age of seven.
He said: “When big teams are looking at you it’s flattering. It doesn’t bother me or distract me because I’m enjoying myself. I’m playing for Celtic so I’m happy. I’m not in any rush at all. I had four years left on my last contract and if I wanted to leave I would have chosen to run that down. Instead, when the club offered me six I was happy to sign.”
While Tierney is happy for now, as Rodgers acknowledged a big offer to the club could change everything.
If that is to be believed then Kierney could well double Scotland and Celtic’s record for the highest transfer fee received – currently held by Wanyama’s £12.5 m move from Celtic to Southampton.
What do you think Celtic fans? Should Celtic try to keep hold of Tierney at all costs or should the Hoops cash in on the youngster while he is in hot demand?
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