Former Celtic defender Kieran Tierney has been in the news this week, as he disclosed that he has not yet returned to Celtic Park since completing his £25million pound move to Arsenal last summer.
Whilst appearing on Open Goal, Tierney said that he would be ‘scared’ to return to the club, as he got some criticism from a minority of Celtic fans for leaving the club.
Now Celtic boss Neil Lennon has had his say on the matter. As reported by the Celtic Twitter account on Friday, Lennon said that Tierney was more than welcome to return to the club.
“We don’t want him feeling uncomfortable coming back because he’s more than welcome here, that’s for sure” he said.
🗣️ NL on @kierantierney1's recent comments: "We don’t want him feeling uncomfortable coming back because he’s more than welcome here, that’s for sure."
More from the manager on https://t.co/00fJCijgWx and YouTube today 📲
— Celtic Football Club (@CelticFC) August 21, 2020
It is heartening to see the Hoops boss back one of his former player. And so he should. After all, Tierney was a very important player for Celtic in his time at the club.
Helped Hoops win a host of trophies
He helped the Hoops win a host of trophies, and gave his all for the club when he played.
Celtic should be looking to complete more transfers like Tierney’s in the future. Bring a player through the ranks and then sell him for big money. That is what the Hoops must do, and Tierney does not deserve any criticism for leaving.
As Lennon says, he is more than welcome to make a return to the club, and hopefully can do so before the end of the season.
Lennon’s comments on Tierney caught the attention of some Celtic fans on social media. Happily, most fans agreed with the manager’s comments.
One supporter said that it was a ‘good comment’ from the Hoops boss. Another said that Tierney is ‘absolutely welcome’ to return to Celtic Park.
Here are some of the best comments from Twitter regarding Neil Lennon’s backing of Tierney and Tierney’s return to Celtic:
@kierantierney1 is a Celtic Legend. I’ll always support the lad no matter where he goes or what he does in his career. Came up the youth ranks at the club. Gave his all for the club. Ran himself into the ground. Plus he’s a supporter as well. All the best KT 🍀🍀🍀
— Patrick Taylor (@tailsreturns) August 21, 2020
KT gave 15 years of his life for the club. He is the embodiment of a Bhoy. The guy bleeds Celtic. Incredible servant to the club off and on the pitch , he would be welcomed back with open arms 🍀.
— Calum Carberry (@CarberryCalum) August 21, 2020
I’m sure @kierantierney1 would be fine. If 10 is achieved invite him up for trophy day on May 16th 2021.
Coincidentally that’s my birthday.
— Hugh Moan (@weeshug72) August 21, 2020
He is absolutely welcome, and should be.
— Ronjoe (@TheBoldRj) August 21, 2020
— Mikey Kennedy (@Mikeykennedy67) August 21, 2020
Spot on Neil . Let the deluded haters hate . I get some move on when a player leaves , but those who wish ill need to get a grip .
— Paul (@pmcglink) August 21, 2020
A good comment from NL. Can some people not get their ahead around players leaving us? Get a grip
— Graeme (@Graeme_Hangman) August 21, 2020