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17th Jan, 2017 | 6:00am

Four PL giants in race to sign Celtic emerging star (not Dembele) - report

By Dominic Toner

Manchester United are one of four Premier League sides interested in Celtic defender Kieran Tierney, according to a report.

The Mirror claim that United are currently tracking the club’s 19-year-old and scouts have been to watch him this season.

It is understood that Jose Mourinho’s side are considering a move in January, but it’s expected they will wait until the summer to try sign the £10million-rated youngster.

The report details that Premier League giants Manchester City, Chelsea and Arsenal are also interested in the Scotland international.

Celtic currently have several young players coming through their ranks including striker Moussa Dembele, but it’s their defender who is catching the attention of the England’s top clubs.

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Tierney has been very unfortunate this season and has missed a large part of the campaign with an ankle injury.

The left-back has not featured since the 23 October against Rangers in the EFL Cup, but is edging closer to a return to fitness.

However, he was in great form before his injury setback and made 19 appearances across all competitions, chipping in with seven assists.

Football Insider verdict:

Celtic should block all attempts from the top Premier League clubs to sign Tierney. The defender was proving to be one of the club’s best performers before his injury and his return is set to be a big boost to Brendan Rodgers’ side. The 19-year-old is regarded as one of the emerging talents at Celtic Park and has already forced his way into the first-team starting XI. The Scottish champions must ignore offers for the left-back as he is crucial to them going forward. He gives the team so much at full-back and has shown that he can both defend and attack. Tierney is arguably worth more than £10million at this current moment and his price tag is set to rise in the next few years.

In other Celtic transfer news, the club are in talks to seal a deal for a £12million forward.

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