Manchester United scout and former Celtic defender Mo Camara recently confirmed that the Premier League giants scouted Kieran Tierney for quite some time. Camara was himself a left back in his heydays and is now working in the scouts’ network of clubs like Sunderland and United.
He was recently quoted as saying,”I do some scouting for Manchester United and scouted for Sunderland and we followed Kieran Tierney loads. He’s a very good left-back – he will go for big money if and when Celtic decide to sell.”
“It’s one of those where the fans, manager and the chairman — none of them will want Tierney sold. At some point, the player and club will have to see a move as a possibility for him. He’ll want to test himself at a high level. He’d definitely be playing for a top five or six team.”- he added further.
The 21-year-old is one of the brightest talents to come out of Scotland in recent times, and Everton were keen on him in the summer. However, Rodgers managed to keep hold of the fullback for the time being, but it would be foolish to assume that someone of Tierney’s calibre would play in the Scottish Premiership throughout his career. Even though he is a boyhood Hoops fan, Rodgers would be aware that he has to sanction a sale for him when big clubs come calling with a big offer. Everton were reportedly willing to pay £25m for Tierney but the move didn’t go through.
The manager needs to make sure whenever he sells Tierney; he gets the best possible money to soften the blow of losing him as he did in the case of Moussa Dembele. Tierney has won Scotland’s young PFA player of the year three times in a row now, and one can easily say that he destined for big things in football.
Turning down a club of United’ stature would be tough for any player, and if the Red Devils come in for him in the future, the Bhoys could lose one of the best talents they have had in recent times. The left-back can be termed as a complete modern day fullback as he is strong while defending and equally good while going forward. The youngster isn’t shy at going into hard challenges now and then and that has made the Scotsman one of the fan favourites at the club.
An offer of somewhere around £35m would be a good deal for Rodgers, and if United decide to come after him in the future, then he should probably let the defender leave. Till then, the club should enjoy having a player of Tierney’s pedigree at the club as he has been one of the major reasons for their domination in the Scottish Premiership.
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