Former Celtic great John Hartson has made an intriguing claim about Kieran Tierney. He claims that the former Hoops man was close to joining Everton last summer. However, then Hoops boss Brendan Rodgers persuaded the left-back to stay at the club.
It was reported that the Premier League side were set to bid £25 million for the former Hoops fan favourite. However, the move didn’t happen.
“I spoke to him about 18 months ago about the potential Everton move” Hartson said, as reported by the Scottish Sun.
“Give Celtic another year”
“He was in turmoil in his head, but the fact Brendan Rodgers was there convinced Kieran to give Celtic another year, and after that he would eventually move.”
Interestingly, £25 million is the fee that Celtic eventually received from Arsenal this summer for the player. Hartson’s comments are certainly intriguing. It can be argued that Brendan Rodgers, who isn’t the most popular man amongst Celtic fan these days, did well to persuade Tierney to stay another season with the Hoops.
Hoops couldn’t turn down transfer fee
Celtic couldn’t really turn down the fee they received from Arsenal though. It is a record fee for a Scottish player. It will take a long time for a player leaving the Scottish Premiership to be sold for that amount of money again. Indeed, it may never happen again, unless the player is very gifted.
Both Celtic and Tierney did well out of the move. It seems like it was the right time for the player to leave the club.
The Hoops will of course miss Tierney, as he was a truly excellent player. However, life goes on for both parties.