Celtic will be a making a cataclysmic mistake by selling Kieran Tierney this summer, not least for the fact that it would hand Rangers a massive advantage next season.
The 20-year-old Scottish international embodies everything that the Hoops are striving for and by relinquishing that, after a report in The Scottish Sun suggested that Atletico Madrid were the latest to show an interest in the left-sided defender, would be a massive show of weakness.
£20million is the figure Celtic reportedly rate their man at.
But with Manchester United and Tottenham also sniffing around the youngster, £20m should be the bare minimum for a player who has come through the ranks at Parkhead – one who lives and breathes Celtic.
Tierney scored four goals and had 11 assists to his name this season which, despite suggestions he has not recaptured the heights of 2016/17, is an improvement on his figures.
With so much of Brendan Rodgers’ play going through the youngster, who is an outlet defensively and offensively, selling the left-footer would be like losing a leg.
Rangers weren’t that far behind Celtic this season and with the departure of the left-back this summer, the 12 point gap which separated the two clubs could quickly diminish.
Rodgers is good at keeping hold of players he’s not ready to sell and he needs to hold onto Tierney.
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