Celtic standing by their fans in Kieran Tierney saga

By David Walton

July 16, 2019

The Celtic stance on the Kieran Tierney saga hasn’t gotten nearly as much praise as it deserves.

Oh how easy it would’ve been for the Hoops to cave into Arsenal so long ago. When that first offer of £15million came through (BBC), Celtic could easily have gobbled up the money and said thank you very much. Virgil Van Dijk, after all, was sold for £13million back in 2015.

It’s so easy to point to the Moussa Dembele money last summer and say that’s what we should be getting for our top players, regardless of the position. But it’s easier said than done. After all, it’s proven over the years to be a lot more costly for goalscorers than it is for players in any other position.

Moussa Dembele was sold for a record fee last summer (Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

Celtic set their stall out at £25m for Tierney weeks ago (Daily Mail). That’s what they feel he’s worth. In the past, you could easily have seen Celtic caving for a bit lower. That’s just what we used to do. We used to jump at the first sign of eight figures. During Neil Lennon’s first spell, that was certainly the case with the likes of Victor Wanyama and Fraser Forster respectively.

The latest on Tierney today is that Arsenal are reportedly “losing patience” with Celtic over a deal (Daily Express). In other words, Celtic are sticking to their guns in the face of big-money deals that they don’t see as suitable for their prized asset.

Peter Lawwell has, in the past, been accused of many things. Profit over performances being the prime accusation. Whilst there is evidence at times to back that assertion up, he deserves huge credit for refusing to jump at any offer above the Dembele money.

Celtic stance shows they know what Tierney is capable of

Celtic appear to know what they have in Tierney. He’s a golden boy, a player who could be playing at the top end of European football within a couple of years. After all, just look at the success of Andy Robertson at Liverpool. Tierney has the traits to do the exact same.

Kieran Tierney can easily do an Andrew Robertson down south (Vagelis Georgariou/Action Plus via Getty Images)

If the Hoops could genuinely see off the interest from Arsenal, that would be huge for the club. It would be the first time in a long time we’ve sent a top European side packing in a quest for one of our players. Usually, when we’re in a position like this, a deal is inevitably agreed. But there isn’t that same certainty surrounding the Tierney deal these days.

It’s not just good for Celtic if we see off Arsenal either, it’s good for Scottish football. It increases the reputation and value of our players in Scotland. We won’t be viewed as a nation where you can easily pluck terrific young talent for a mediocre price. Or certainly not to the same extent anyway.

Peter Lawwell deserves a pat on the back for his handling of the Tierney deal (Steve Welsh/Getty Images)

There’s more to this Tierney saga than whether he’ll go to Arsenal or not. There’s a chance to let English football and indeed Europe that we won’t be undervalued for our top talent. The Celtic stance is a big deal here.

As it stands, Celtic deserve huge credit for sticking to their £25m guns.