Speaking on Radio Five Live’s Football Daily show, Pat Nevin has urged Chelsea to sign Celtic’s consistently brilliant left-back Kieran Tierney this summer.
Being a former Blues star himself and also a regular follower of Scottish football, Pat Nevin is perhaps better placed than most to give his thoughts on what talent from the Scottish Premiership the newly crowned English champions should be looking at in the upcoming transfer window.
He certainly has a good idea of who he’d like to see pull on a Chelsea shirt, 19 year old Kieran Tierney.
Speaking on the Football Daily, Nevin said of the young Hoops star:
“I would take Tierney at Chelsea right now. He’s that good. I remember Tierney in his early days and watching him for Scotland against England.
“The highest possible compliment you can possibly pay a player is that he reminds me of Danny McGrain. You can’t say any more than that.”
McGrain of course was one of the great full-backs in the world in his era and like Tierney was a massive fan’s favourite at Celtic. It’s high praise indeed and if he genuinely thinks the 19 year old is following McGrain’s footsteps then the left-back should surely be a name that Antonio Conte considers this summer.
Tierney has developed well under the guidance of Brendan Rodgers this season and despite being out for three months with an ankle and shoulder injury, has still made an incredible 39 appearances for the Hoops this term. His form has been so good that he’s been winning Young Player of the Year awards north of the border from a variety of sources both at club and national level.
Despite the clamour for him to move to the riches of the English Premier League, the player seems perfectly happy at Celtic Park right now and there’s no rush for him to move with the promise of regular first team football and UEFA Champions League action still massively appealing.
However, should the likes of Chelsea follow Nevin’s advice and come in with big cash, should the club themselves take the decision to cash in on one of their brightest starts?