Reported bargain price tag slapped on Celtic star will have fans' blood boiling
When it comes to transfer valuations slapped on stars in Scotland, Celtic have always been handed something of a bum deal.
The Premier League and Championship have for many years viewed north of the border as some kind of bargain barrel of talent, with a few unpolished gems among the talent deemed not good enough to make the step up in English football.
In reality though, there have been plenty of success stories – many of which have come from Parkhead alone – and enough to rubbish the notion that just because a player plies his trade in Scotland, he can be nabbed for a cheap price.
Look at the likes of Virgil van Dijk, who was sold by Southampton for £75million after leaving the Hoops for £13million, or Fraser Forster, who is still with the Saints and with caps for England after being sold for £10million, a fee which has likely doubled since.
Celtic have been proven developers of talent worthy of making the move down south, and considering the fact their first team stars are earning Champions League experience, it is about time their asking prices rose.
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Which is what makes the English media’s latest valuation of Kieran Tierney an absolute joke.
The Mirror claim on their website that English giants Manchester United are keen on snapping up the 20-year-old this summer to replace Luke Shaw, after impressive in his 50 appearances this season with the Hoops.
With nine Scotland caps and 27 appearances in European competitions under his belt, the Bhoys youngster is not some starlet with great potential, he is a proven performer for club and country, with extraordinary future prospects.
If that is not enough, he also has a contract which runs until 2023, having put pen to paper on a new deal in October 2017.
With all that in mind, why does the Mirror claim Manchester United think he will be available for a paltry £10million?
That is a figure which will have the Hoops faithful’s blood boiling, for anyone with sense would know that the Bhoys are firmly in the driving seat over his future, and a fee in excess of £20million would not go amiss.
In other Celtic news, a Sky Sports pundit has revealed that a Hoops ace is heading for the exit door.