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Pundit Danny Mills thinks that Celtic not signing Danny Simpson is good news regarding the future of Kieran Tierney, as reported by Football Insider.
Mills has had his say on the Simpson saga and what it could possibly mean for Tierney’s future at Parkhead. The 32-year-old was set for a trial under Neil Lennon’s watchful eye, but the signing of Hatem Abd Elhamed meant the club didn’t need another back-up right-back, according to The Scottish Sun.
This has lead Mills to think about the consequences that it could have for Tierney and a deal to suitors Arsenal. The left-back has been the subject of two bids, per BBC Sport, from Unai Emery’s side this summer but could yet stay at Celtic Park as the English transfer window creeps towards its conclusion.
This has lead the pundit to state: “I was assuming that maybe if Tierney leaves, you get an experienced full-back – okay, on the other side of the pitch – but maybe that suggests that Tierney won’t be leaving. Celtic maybe feel they don’t need to strengthen at the moment so it could be good news in one way for Celtic fans.”
The lack of a deal for Simpson could well have an impact on Tierney’s future.
The club clearly still want another right-back after Abd Elhamed’s arrival, according to The Scottish Daily Mail. Of the reported targets though, only Antonio Barragan is a similar age to the ex-Leicester full-back, with Silvan Widmer (26) and Robert Gumny (21) still having the majority of their careers ahead of them.
Despite Tierney only being 22, he’s garnered a great deal of experience throughout his five-year career thus far. He’s already captained both his club and country and is an on-field leader for the Celts, alongside the likes of more experienced stars Scott Brown and Callum McGregor.
What Simpson would’ve brought to Lennon’s backline was experience, but in Tierney, they’ve got someone capable of doing just that.
Turning down such guile from the 32-year-old could be a sign that the fan favourite is staying and supporting the likes of Christopher Jullien, Abd Elhamed and Kristoffer Ajer, who, combined, don’t have a great deal of knowledge as to how to become a success in football on this island.