Reports have emerged linking AFC Bournemouth to Celtic left-back, Kieran Tierney. The 20-year-old quite evidently showcased why he is being sought after by multiple Premier League sides in the weekend triumph over bitter rivals, Rangers. The Hoops registered a 5-goal thumping at Celtic Park and in the process went on to lift their 7th consecutive Scottish Premiership title.
A victory so sweet and prestigious, especially when it is done in such remarkable fashion. Not to mention the bragging rights they are entitled to for doing it so ironically against their long-time rivals.
In the midst of all the celebrations, Tierney could quite rightfully be named as the most impactful player in the squad. The youngster has not only filled his role as a defensive option but also managed to assist his teammate, Odsonne Edouard for the opening goal in the match, converting it into 11 assists for the season.
Tierney has chipped in with 4 goals as well and has made an outstanding 52 appearances for the Glasgow-based outfit. He is one of the favourites of Brendan Rodgers and does deserve a call-up from the big name clubs from all over Europe.
He is a boyhood fan of the club and has just recently signed a long-term contract, which would extend his services till the summer of 2023. Tierney is a product of the Celtic Youth Academy and has already been capped 9 times for the Scotland senior squad.
His abilities with the ball lie well beyond the occasional crosses from the left wing or the scrappy pickups, while contesting against opposition wingers. Tierney is as technical as midfielders go these days and has the eye for picking out his teammates in the opposition box.
He is disciplined with his tackling and his marking at the backline. Straying forward to provide width is almost second nature to him, as per the standards of modern fullbacks.
Bournemouth would only be so lucky to have him next season but should Celtic let him leave? Rodgers has just registered his second consecutive double with the Hoops and could well be on his way to recording the consecutive treble as well.
Celtics will be the first club to have done this in the Scottish Premiership and that hugely can be attributed to the young talent pool the former Liverpool manager has acquired over the past 4 seasons.
Continuing on this illustrious path is the only way forward and keeping Tierney at his helm almost rhymes with those future ambitions.