The talk of Scottish football over the past week has been Kieran Tierney’s departure from Celtic to join Arsenal. The Premier League side paid £25 million for the player, a record fee for a Scottish player.
A lot of people have had their say on the matter. The latest is Motherwell manager Stephen Robinson. The Fir Park boss thinks that the deal is good for Scottish football.
“I’m not surprised by the fee involved because when you see the money that some players are going for down in England, the Scottish league is undervalued” he said, as reported by the Herald.
“We’ve got true value”
“It doesn’t surprise me the value of Kieran Tierney in any way, shape or form. I think the Scottish game is very much on the up, and I think we’ve got true value for one of the top players in the league.”
It is not often that Celtic fans will agree with the comments of a rival Premiership manager. However, Robinson is correct about the Tierney situation.
Celtic did well to get £25 million
Celtic did well to stand firm and get the £25 million that they demanded for the player. The fact that the Hoops turned down two Arsenal bids before selling Tierney shows that they wanted the right fee for the player.
That should be the attitude the Hoops approach to every transfer from now on. If a club wants to buy one of Celtic’s star players, they should be prepared to pay a lot of money.
The days of clubs in Scotland selling players in the cheap should be over. Perhaps with the departure of Tierney, they finally are.