It didn’t take long for the summer speculation regarding Kieran Tierney to click into gear.
Today, the Scottish Sun have reported that Tierney is being targeted by Borussia Dortmund. The Germans have apparently been impressed by Tierney having been up to watch Jeremy Toljan this season.
In the same report, the likes of Arsenal and Leicester City have also been linked with him. The Brendan Rodgers link is obvious, whilst Arsenal are apparently looking to bolster the left side of their defence.
If it comes down to offers being put in this summer, however, Celtic must rebuff them. Tierney is currently on a six-year contract, and won’t be going anywhere unless Celtic say so.
But for the Hoops, they really can’t afford to put a price on Tierney, ironically. With 10-in-a-row closing in, that has to now be the club’s everything. The importance it has to supporters and the club as a whole is monumental. Allowing star talent to depart when we’re potentially going for nine-in-row next season is unthinkable.
Celtic also shouldn’t be scared off by the idea of not getting the same money for him in the future. After all, he’s only in the second year of that six-year contract. By the time 10-in-a-row is won, he’ll still be under contract for a couple of seasons.
10-in-a-row has no price
It never is for Celtic, but money should be immaterial at this stage. The Hoops need to keep a hold of their best players heading into the 10 season. Failure to achieve it due to selling star men wouldn’t go down well with fans, if we’re being kind.
Added to that, it’s interesting to hear that Dortmund are interested. After all, Tierney has only featured in four games since returning from injury. In every one of those games, he’s struggled to play to his usual levels. He certainly hasn’t been a standout.
He may have 38 appearances this season for club and country, but the Sun only mentions that Dortmund have been watching him whilst looking at Toljan.
Regardless, if there is interest, Celtic are in a position to reject offers. 10-in-a-row doesn’t have a price, and Celtic can’t go risking it for a quick buck.
Get the 10, then look at selling up if necessary and building a new squad. But this holy grail simply can’t be risked. It’s the one thing fans won’t forgive.