From the first moment it was mentioned I felt it was total nonsense. Unfortunately, this seemingly fabricated headline has escalated with the assistance of several media outlets and some of our own ‘club friendly’ websites.
Kieran Tierney is hot property and not just for Celtic or Scotland. He is in the limelight of the footballing world in a position that is hard to fill in any era for any club.
His rise from the youth ranks to the first team at Celtic Football Club is no fluke. The Hoops have seen several Bhoys, not all in the same class, make it in the first team, though none as impressive or consistent as Tierney since the days of Paul McStay.
And that is no slight on our talent streams in general. We’ve had some great youth players in the last couple of decades.
Miller, McGeady, Maloney, Mulgrew, Forrest and McGregor to name but a few. However, I digress.
You only have to look at Kieran’s first full season compared to the seasons that followed. His composure, demeanour and physique have totally evolved in a short period.
Match time in Scotland is regularly dismissed as pub league to some outsiders, but Tierney has proved himself in the Europa League, Champions League and for his country on the international stage. And that is why he is sorely sought after by clubs elsewhere and equally…Celtic.
To suggest Kieran will never leave the club would be silly. However, to say that he is to leave now in the midst of greatness is quite frankly laughable.
We often say as Celtic supporters that no player is bigger than the club. True story.
It is also the case that Kieran loves Celtic. Indeed, he is Mr Celtic.
A fan, a youth player, a future club captain and someone who can still have a future elsewhere should he want it. That isn’t right now and not for a few years yet.
So why the story? Is there any truth?
What do you think? Not for me.
This thing has grown arms and legs. Why and for whose benefit?
Need I say any more? Just look at the situation across the city.
Sporadic gestures of intent. Continued failure.
It’s rock bottom over at Ibrox. I’m not going to tell you that they’ll never make a move on Celtic in the future, but to make that happen at all they have a lot to face up to first.
They are not the same club. They are not the same force.
Every chink in our armour is a succulent lamb story to them. This is why we see lies the magnitude of Tierney moving south as a done deal.
To destabilise us, thinking it will give them a baw hairs chance on gaining ground is desperate. I can’t believe that a faction of people, so in control of the media at one time with their now deceased club, thought that this would succeed.
I suppose in some ways it has succeeded. The supporters have been in session over this story for days.
I’m not claiming I know Kieran’s mind. HE will decide when it is time to go NOT the media.
It has convinced some folk. That’s only for those who have bitten though.
The big fish are still swimming. Get your blinkers off folks.
This is a rouse. Time to focus on where we are going.
He is no Stuart Armstrong. KT is here for 10.