Tottenham among PL heavyweights tipped as perfect destination for Celtic star best 'bar none'
Former Celtic star Frank McGarvey has said that Premier League giants Manchester City and Tottenham are both perfect destinations for star defender Kieran Tierney when he eventually departs Parkhead.
The 20-year-old has already been linked with a move to the English top flight after establishing himself as a mainstay for both club and country, with nine caps for Scotland under his belt, with Manchester United reported by the Daily Record as readying a bid worth in excess of £20million this summer.
However McTarvey feels as though United’s near neighbours, or Mauricio Pochettino’s men in north London, would be a better fit, insisting that the youngster is the most talented left back in the UK, and that his ambitions for European success will be what eventually drive him out of Celtic Park.
He told the Evening Times: “Right now he is the best left-back in Britain, bar none.
“To me a club like Manchester City who look like they could win something in Europe and who play in a style that suit Tierney would be an ideal club for him.
“Tottenham, too. They play an attacking style of play and we have seen them get better and better of late. To me that is the kind of team where he would slot right in but ultimately it is up to the boy himself.
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“The next step he takes in his career is life-changing. If it was me, it would come down to European football.”
Tierney is closing in on a half century of appearances for Celtic this season alone, having featured 48 times across all competitions, and has a total of 123 outings under his belt.
Football Insider verdict
McTarvey is not far off where Tierney will be aspiring for, although he might find game time hard to come by were he to move to City. As a 20-year-old, he still has a lot to learn, and while Pep Guardiola would be a fantastic tutor, the lack of first team action could hinder his development. The same could be said at Spurs, but Mauricio Pochettino does have a reputation of working well with young talent and is not afraid to use them regularly – just look at 21-year-old Davinson Sanchez. Another year with the Hoops seems a near-certainty for the left back but it could be their performances in Europe which determine his future – progress could see him remain, while more failure could seal what would be a disappointing exit.