Celtic defender Kieran Tierney has opened up after hearing there is interest in him from Atletico Madrid by stating that it is “flattering” for him that clubs like the La Liga outfit are keen.
However, while he could see himself remain at the Scottish champions for the rest of his career, as the player himself put it, “you never know in football.”
The 20-year-old was speaking ahead of this weekend’s Scottish Cup final against Motherwell when he made his statement.
As quoted in The Herald he said: “I’ve never thought about elsewhere yet, in my life.
“It’s just been Celtic since the age of seven.
“I’ve never even been on trial with another team.
“I was at my local boys’ club then moved to Celtic at seven.
“Can I see myself being here all my career? Yes, I can.”
However, the player ominously added: “But, you never know in football.”
Tierney came into the Hoops side under previous manager Ronny Deila and is under contract at Parkhead until 2023.
Football Insider verdict:
Tierney had the perfect opportunity pre-final to wipe the floor with all the speculation surrounding his future by completely ruling out a move but by uttering the words he did, it only adds to the doubt rather than ending it altogether. We don’t think it would be down to him though – he certainly won’t be going on strike in order to force a move to another club – but if Peter Lawwell receives an offer they cannot refuse, which is looking increasingly likely, we reckon new contract or not he will be sold on. And what a mistake it would be. The 20-year-old has bettered his form in front of goal while maintaining his assists tally to that of the previous campaign. His work down the flank is priceless and without the youngster in the ranks, Brendan Rodgers’ side are a much weaker prospect going forward, making it a decision they will live to regret.
In other Celtic news, Hoops must show immediate improvements as ‘massive, massive club’ circle for top star.