When a player stands out in Scotland, he is inevitably linked with a move away to the English Premier League. Despite being a boyhood Celtic fan and having just broken into the first team, Kieran Tierney is not immune to that.
The media haven’t been slow with stories about how this club and that club want the young left-back, not least Arsenal.
Obviously the realities of modern football are that the teams with most money take the best players, but there’s plenty time for Tierney at Celtic yet.
To his credit Kieran Tierney appears to just be focusing on his football and nothing else.
Here are our FIVE reasons why he should stay at Celtic for the foreseeable future…
If Tierney thought the adulation of supporters in the season past was terrific, he’ll be blown away by the huge numbers expected at Celtic Park next season.
With signs suggesting that the club could have its highest number of season ticket holders in a decade, Paradise is set to rock the east end of Glasgow on a regular basis.
Things have been slightly sterile in recent seasons with only exceptions like Tierney himself really capturing the imagination of supporters. If he can recapture the form of last season in the coming campaign, it could be quite the love affair.
If there’s a player that will benefit most from Rodgers’ arrival it’ll be Kieran Tierney. With a proven track record of developing talent, a lot has been said about this aspect of his appointment.
With a restricted budget compared to most teams looking to play in the Champions League, an aim will be improving the players already at the Bhoys so Tierney can look forward to plenty of opportunities and plenty of focus on his personal development.
Having spent money to attract a big name manager, it’d make sense if the Celtic hierarchy also back Rodgers with a decent budget to build his own team.
With the likes of Kazim-Richards, Stokes and Scepovic already moving on, it’s clear the club are wasting no time in looking to improve the squad.
This will benefit Tierney greatly who was one of the players that rarely dipped in form throughout the last campaign.
He might have had a stellar season and have a bright future ahead of him but it’s still very early for the 18 year old. The English Premier League specifically is a very tough division and there’s not even a guarantee of first team football if he moves to a side like Arsenal, as the English press have reported.
He needs lots more first teams games to fully realise the potential he has. It also helps his international case. If he’s playing regularly then he’s much more likely to win more than his solitary Scotland cap.
Something that attracts players far and wide to Celtic Park is the promise of potential silverware. The Bhoys generally don’t go too long without winning something.
As a Celtic fan, this is surely a thing even more attractive to Tierney. He’s already got one league medal in his collection and could win many, many more in Celtic colours.
If he does eventually decide one to move on, it’ll surely be with a sackful of medals and awards.