By Russell Edge

16th May, 2018 | 7:16pm

Celtic must show immediate improvements as 'massive, massive club' circle for top star


There is little doubt that, at present, Celtic are running riot over the rest of Scotland – something which does not look set to change any time soon with a second successive domestic treble on the horizon.

The Hoops are by far and away the best team north of the border by some margin and for any of their rivals to close the gap up would require not just a massive effort but a significant improvement in quality, with Brendan Rodgers probably having the best player in every position in Scotland.

That certainly applies in the case of Kieran Tierney, who is probably not just the best left back in the league but also one of the brightest talents across the whole of the United Kingdom.

His consistency in the high levels of performance mean makes it look like he has been on the scene for years but at just 20-years-old, there could well be so much more to come from the Scottish international.

However, that potential is exactly why some of Europe’s biggest clubs are said to be hunting his capture, with BBC Sport claiming that Atletico Madrid are the latest to join the hunt.

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Tierney himself admitted in an interview with Sky Sports that the Spanish giants are a “massive, massive club” and called it “flattering” that such sides were watching his progress at Celtic Park – and it is time for the Hoops to make the most of what they have and take themselves to the next level, or risk losing him.

Tierney, with his vast array of talents and future potential, really should be the building block on which to build and make a push for some success on the European stage – something that the likes of Atletico Madrid can offer.

A failure to do so could leave the youngster, with or without his five-years left on his contract, wanting more than the Hoops can offer – both in a financial and footballing sense – and that is when the heartbreak comes.

If Rodgers and the Bhoys want to delay that for as long as possible, then progress needs to be made year in, year out.

In other Celtic news, fans have been left slaughtering a Rangers star after their done deal.

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