With Manchester United scouts due to attend the Old Firm Scottish Cup semi-final clash to watch Hoops defender Kieran Tierney, the 20-year-old’s future at Parkhead has once against been cast into doubt.
And should the worse case scenario occur, and the Celtic mainstay does depart, it leaves the Hoops drastically short in the left of defence.
If that happens, Celtic must do all they can to secure a double swoop for Wolverhampton Wanderers left-back Barry Douglas and, one for the future, Bobby Burns from Glenavon.
The Wolves full-back has been a key component in Nuno Espirito Santo’s all-conquering Championship side but the Glasgow-born star’s contract is due to expire at the end of next season.
It means that despite the Molineux club having an option to extend the deal by a further year, they might be willing to listen to reasonable offers for the player’s services.
At 28, he has a wealth of experience against some of the toughest attacks in the division and wouldn’t be out of his depth north of the border.
Brendan Rodgers could also offer Douglas the opportunity to play in the Champions League which would be a massive lure for the Scot.
Burns meanwhile, the 18-year-old Glenavon defender dubbed “one of Northern Ireland’s brightest talents, has been linked with a move to Hearts but we think should Tierney exit Parkhead, he would be a perfect fit for the Premiership champions and while Douglas can fill in the position for now, the Glenavon ace can become the next Tierney.
The youngster has scored four goals and 12 assists in 32 outings in the Irish Premiership.
Of course, these deals hinge on Tierney’s departure but whether or not this happens, Burns ought to be signed.
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