Everybody knows that Kieran Tierney is Celtic’s left-back, but few realise that he has also played at centre-back for the Hoops as well.
He played in the position in the 2-0 win over Kilmarnock at the start of last season, and was very comfortable in the unfamiliar role.
He also played at centre-back for Scotland against the Netherlands in November, and acquitted himself well.
Indeed, Scotland boss Alex McLeish said to Sky Sports that the 21-year-old’s long-term future is at centre-back.
Now, let’s imagine that the Hoops buy a left-back in the summer transfer window.
If this long-awaited signing arrives, Brendan Rodgers could well be tempted to play Tierney at the back, in the Hoops’ friendly games at least.
The Bhoys are looking for a partner to Kristoffer Ajer, and as Dedryck Boyata is going to miss the start of the Champions League qualifiers perhaps it would be worth gambling on Tierney in that position to see if he can do the job for the Hoops?
Of course, a lot depends on the Hoops signing a left-back, which is a position that they seem to forget about every summer since the emergence of Tierney.
If there is no new arrival, then the plan to play Tierney as a centre-back will have to be put on the back-burner, for the time being.
But it is certainly an idea worth trying, and it seems like the logical conclusion for where he will eventually play, plus, it would allow him to exert less energy on the pitch, as he wouldn’t have to burst up and down the wing non-stop.
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