We all knew that Kieran Tierney was destined to shine at the highest level, but there is a large degree of snobbishness down south and it means the biggest sides will be reluctant to sign players directly from Celtic.
It’s why you see situations like Virgil van Dijk where he needs to prove himself with a lesser Premier League club before someone like Liverpool will pay through the nose for him, and it’s likely that a few will be feeling the same over Tierney.
A report from The Times has looked at some recent comments from Pat Nevin, and he’s clearly gutted that his former side Chelsea didn’t make a move for KT.
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He claims that he recommended Tierney to his former club and they could’ve had him for the £25m that Arsenal paid a couple of years ago, but they decided to go in another direction and eventually paid £45m+ to sign Ben Chillwell last summer.
Chilwell is a perfectly good player but he’s not as good as Tierney, so Nevin is exasperated that his former club have spent more money and ended up with a player who isn’t as good.
He even talks about KT as being the best attacking left back in the world just now, so it’s good to see him getting the credit he deserves.
It’s frustrating from a Celtic point of view because there was no doubt that he would be excellent in the Premier League, but you have to hope that the development of players like Tierney and van Dijk will help them when it comes to selling Eddy and Ajer when they move on.
Everyone can see that players can immediately step up from Celtic and excel at the highest level, so hopefully that helps to drive prices up and attracts interest from the elite clubs when players do need to move on.