Celtic chief confirms contract talks with star as Liverpool circle

Celtic chief executive Peter Lawwell has confirmed that the club will open contract negotiations with young full-back Kieran Tierney over the summer.

Tierney has become a regular in the Hoops’ starting XI this season and Lawwell told the Scottish Sun he is keen to tie him down to a longer term deal:

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“Kieran has three years left after the summer. He’s done brilliantly well and normally when that happens we’ll sit down with them and try to reward them. We’ll do that with Kieran and look to extend his contract.

“I’m sure that’ll happen over the summer. The kid wants to stay and we’re eager for him to stay.”

The 18 year old has played 31 times in all competitions this season after being given his debut by Ronny Deila at the end of last campaign.

His performances have been rewarded with the Scottish Young Player of the Year award, and it has led to speculation about a big money move to the Premier League.

Liverpool are said to be interested in the player, but Tierney has expressed his desire to stay at the club with Lawwell confident that the left back will sign on the dotted line to a new long term contract.