According to reports in The Sun, Tottenham Hotspur have stepped up their interest in Celtic left-back Kieran Tierney after a scout watched him in action in the Bhoys’ Champions League match against Bayern Munich last week.
Well, The Sun says that Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino sent a scout to watch the 20-year-old in action against the Bundesliga giants, and although Celtic were beaten 3-0 in the Allianz Arena the Scotland international was an impressive performer.
The Sun says that the north London outfit are long-term admirers of the full-back, and he could be seen as a potential replacement for Danny Rose, who has been linked with a move away despite only recently returning to the first-team picture after nine months on the sidelines with a knee injury.
Tierney could come at a significant price though, given he still has four years left on his contract at Parkhead.
The 20-year-old has once again been a consistent performer for Celtic, and he has made 20 appearances in all competitions already this term, scoring one goal and producing a further three assists – one of which came against Anderlecht in the Champions League.
While the majority of those 20 outings have come at left-back, Tierney has also shown his versatility by also playing in a more advanced role on the left and a left-sided centre-back.
He certainly would be.
The Scottish defender consistently impresses for Celtic and as well as his defensive capabilities he has also shown just how effective he can be at the other end of the pitch with 23 assists in 95 appearances in total during his Bhoys career.
If the England international does end up leaving Tottenham during the January transfer window or next summer, then Tierney has already shown that he has the ability and potential to be an effective replacement for the 27-year-old.
Of course, the left-back would have to go up against Ben Davies for that position or the left wing-back role, but he would be confident that he could make it his own considering the experience he already has of playing regularly for Celtic and in the Champions League.