Matthew Knox: Celtic reported £10m-rated star has massive Man United decision to make
By Matt Farr
Livingston youngster Matthew Knox believes Kieran Tierney could have a massive decision to make over his future.
The Daily Record reported on Tuesday that the Celtic left-back had emerged as a £10million transfer target for Premier League giants Manchester United, and Knox believes that a move to Old Trafford would be too good to refuse – even it means fighting up through the youth ranks.
However, Knox also admitted that Tierney was already living the dream at Celtic, having become a first-team regular under Brendan Rodgers, and could have to fight his way up from the youth team at Manchester United.
He told the Daily Record: “It is a massive decision. It would take him a bit of convincing to get him to go and play youth football again.
“Would he be prepared to go from being a first-team player at Celtic to being a Manchester United Under-23 player with the ambition of playing in the first-team? That’s the question he’ll have to ask himself.
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“Moving to a club like Manchester United is every player’s dream and when that door opens it’s almost impossible to say no. But he’s been playing for Celtic in front of all those fans every week at Celtic Park and that’s a dream come true as well if I’m being honest.”
The 19-year-old has made 19 appearances in all competitions for Celtic this term, but has been sidelined since late October with injury.
He first broke into the senior setup at Parkhead in the 2014-15 season, and has since made his Champions League debut.
He gave an impressive display in the 3-3 draw with Manchester City in September, and has been heavily in demand since.
Knox is familiar with the youth team setup at Manchester United, having been invited down to their Carrington training ground on three occasions within the last 12 months in a bid to impress Jose Mourinho.
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