By Danny Wright
BT pundit Chris Sutton has claimed that Celtic’s Kieran Tierney is the best British left-back in the game right now, but has been critical of the Scot’s consistency of final ball.
Tierney, 20, is widely regarded as one of the most influential players in Brendan Rodgers’ side and he has been linked with a move to the Premier League in recent months.
The marauding full-back had one of this best games of the season in Wednesday night’s 3-0 hammering of Aberdeen, where he scored a thunderbolt of a goal before supplying a brilliant assist for Moussa Dembele to score a tap in.
Now, Sutton believes that Tierney could be worth nearly as much as Manchester City’s £52million summer buy Benjamin Mendy due to his clear quality and tender age.
However the ex-Parkhead striker does believe that there is a part to Tierney’s game that needs refining.
“Kieran Tierney is Britain’s best left-back,” said Sutton on the Daily Record website.
“And, if Manchester City are willing to shell-out £52 million to Monaco for Benjamin Mendy, Celtic should start the bidding at almost as much for their superkid if anyone comes knocking at their door for a deal.”
He added: “The talent is obvious. If I had one criticism of Tierney at this stage of his development, it would be the consistency of final ball.”
“He gets into sensational positions with his pace and his timing, but he doesn’t always get it spot on.”
Celtic fan favourite Tierney has made 21 appearances across all competitions already this term for the Scottish treble winners, scoring two goals and supplying four assists in the process.
Since joining Premier League giants Man City in the summer for a stunning fee, Mendy has not played too much due to a serious knee injury, making just five appearances and assisting one goal.
In other Celtic news, James McClean delivered an emphatic verdict on the Hoops’ win at Aberdeen.