Celtic post Kieran Tierney 'on this day', as if to rub salt in open wound

By Euan Davidson

April 22, 2021

Celtic supporters, do you remember when we had Kieran Tierney? One of the best left-backs in Europe?

A defender who gave everything to the shirt, and from the unfashionable left-back position, drove us through games? Who looked destined for the captaincy after Scott Brown, scored the odd screamer, and sang with the fans?

Well, Celtic do! And as if to remind us how good the team used to be, they’ve poured salt into a very open wound. 6 years ago, Kieran Tierney (“…he’s one of our own…”) made his debut for the Bhoys, under Ronny Deila.

In a social media move with the sole aim of upsetting us, the “On This Day” post reminds us of KT63 coming on for his hero, Emilio Izaguirre. It was an away win against Dundee on the 22nd of April 2015, and my God. Just look at that first-team [Transfermarkt].

In the 2-1 win, Tierney lined up alongside Virgil van Dijk, Jason Denayer, prime Leigh Griffiths, Stuart Armstrong and even John Guidetti. Some of those players were either heroes then, or have developed immense status in the game. Not least of whom, Efe Ambrose, who played right-back that night.

How we feel… / (Photo by Mark Runnacles – UEFA/UEFA via Getty Images)

With tongue firmly in cheek, we have to ask if Celtic are punishing us with this Kieran Tierney content

He may have left for Arsenal in 2019 [Sky Sports], but Celtic fans still absolutely love Kieran Tierney. In a cold sweat, I woke up early on Monday morning and considered pitching ‘Does Super League mean that KT could come back to Paradise?’. In the interests of keeping my job, I didn’t press send.

However, we’ve never adequately replaced him. Greg Taylor is a decent player, but Kieran Tierney is the last legitimate Champions League talent we’ve had, barring an on-form Odsonne Edouard.

Having sold him for £25m, that money went back into keeping the club’s coffers healthy, rather than signing a straight-up, quality replacement.

It’s entirely understandable, but it’s still frustrating.

So, off the back of a grim draw at Pittodrie, we simply have to ask: are you trying to hurt us, Celtic Football Club?

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