THE build up to a big game for Celtic usually involves some attempts by the media to unsettle the club or annoy the support. As Celtic head for Hampden and the chance to win an historic double treble the focus this time around has been in those horrible clubs that used to play or current play out of Ibrox. More on that shortly on The Celtic Star.
Even the tradition ‘Celtic to lose best player’ story this time around doesn’t feel like a negative at all. Yes we are losing Paddy Roberts – unless there is a surprising development to that fairytale – but he is a Manchester City player and his loan period is at an end. Fair enough and Paddy goes knowing he’ll always be welcome back in Paradise.
No, the player we could be about to lose is Kieran Tierney, who the BBC described last night as ‘the hottest property in Scottish football,’
Apparently Atletico Madrid – who won the Europa League last night in Lyon – are planning to scout KT at the Scottish Cup Final on Saturday. They are therefore about to join the ‘race’ with Manchester United and Bournemouth to sign the Celtic star.
Stop typing to scratch head at Bournemouth meriting a mention in that last paragraph…anyway, KT takes all this stuff in his stride and simply re-confirms his commitment to playing for Celtic.
“I’ve never thought about elsewhere yet, in my life. It’s just been Celtic since the age of seven.
“I’ve never even been on trial with an another team. I was at my local Boys’ Club then moved to Celtic at seven.
“Can I see myself being here all my career? Yes, I can. But, you never know in football. I’ve never thought about being away from Celtic. Maybe one day it will happen.”
On the news about Atletico’s scouting trip to the Scottish Cup Final at Hampden on Saturday, KT said:
“It’s a kind of confidence-booster in a way to know that you’ve put the hard work in and massive teams all over Europe are noticing it.
“It’s flattering for teams like that to be interested.”
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