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Former Celtic star Stiliyan Petrov has called for Kieran Tierney’s transfer situation to be resolved as soon as possible, as reported by The Sunday Post.
It looks to be a hugely important transfer window for the 22-year-old and for the Hoops, with big decisions having to be made about the future.
Petrov understands that’s a natural part of a player’s career, having left Celtic for the English Premier League in 2006, but hopes that whatever happens it’s not a saga that continues for much longer.
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As quoted by The Sunday Post, the 40-year-old said:
“There comes a point in the careers of footballers that they weigh things up and make important decisions.
“Kieran Tierney may be in that position in this transfer window.
“If he goes, then the club will get excellent money for him. If he stays, then they are holding on to a quality footballer.
“But these are the kind of matters that you want resolved as soon as possible. It’s important to know where you stand and what needs to be done.”
Petrov is right with his assertion that this Tierney situation needs to come to a head sooner rather than later.
If he does leave for the reported £25m, not only will Celtic have plenty of extra cash to play with in the rest of the transfer window, they’ll also need a new left-back.
Boli Bolingoli arrived recently from Rapid Vienna to play in the position, but beyond winger Jonny Hayes there is no other support at left-back.
Celtic now need to act decisively and find out what Tierney’s intentions are quickly.
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If he does want a big move to Premier League then it’s in everyone’s best interests for the deal to be done as soon as possible considering Arsenal are said to have matched the club’s valuation of the left-back.
The pieces seem to be in place for the deal to be done, it’s now all about what the Scotland international wants to do.