Where there’s a will there’s a way – Is a Kieran Tierney Celtic return on the cards?

Is a return for KT on the cards?

Brendan Rodgers and Kieran Tierney of Celtic are seen during the UEFA Champions League Qualifier between Celtic and Alashkert FC at Celtic Park on July 18, 2018 (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

There’s been rumours of Kieran Tierney making a return to Celtic next season. It was first rumoured a few times last summer but the Scotland man made the move to Spain, joining La Liga side Real Sociedad on a season-long loan from Arsenal.

KT has been in fine form for the Basque side as they currently sit sixth in La Liga while also having reached the last 16 of the Champions League and it’s an absolutely beautiful part of the world, which the former Celtic star is thoroughly enjoying.

Scotland’s defender Kieran Tierney (Photo by ANDY BUCHANAN/AFP via Getty Images)

Despite his good form it has been reported that the Scotland left back is unlikely to sign for Real Sociedad as the fee involved is too high and his huge Arsenal wages too much for them to afford.

Coupled with his huge salary that would also make a move to Celtic highly unlikely, but a loan move may be realistic.

Tierney clearly isn’t wanted by Mikel Arteta, but he’s still a top quality player and one who knows our club so well. Brendan Rodgers is also clearly a fan of the Scotland man and knows all about his commitment to the Celtic cause. He would be a superb addition even on a temporary basis.

A permanent deal could be possible but it would take significant compromises on all sides. Arsenal on the transfer fee – a player is only worth what another club will offer and Celtic’s offer could be the only one they receive. KT on the wages, he will NOT get Premier League wages at Celtic – but would he accept, for example accepting parity with his friend Callum McGregor, the Celtic captain? And Celtic on a record breaking transfer fee, maybe as much as £10m.

We need a top quality left back and KT even on a loan deal would be a superb move. Yes his injury record is concerning, but his mere experience and presence would be so beneficial. The question is, will it happen?

As your granny used to say, where there’s a will there’s a way…

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  1. They can afford him by paying back Arsenal the money they brought him for from them. If they have already spent that money then that’s their fault. They can pay for him in installments as Tierney is clearly the best player to come from Scotland in recent times. He was player of the year in Scotland. Arsenal would be foolish to sell a player of his quality on the cheap, but I think his heart is still with either Arsenal or Celtic as he loves both clubs. Why should Arsenal take a hit on the money they invested, surely he should be the one to take a hit on his wages. I hope he goes to Celtic if not back to Arsenal. Good luck to him.

  2. You’ve totally over looked how he’s missed half the season through injury. He’s been consistently injury prone since leaving celtic. Hard pass for me.

  3. Not sure if this story is true. According to a Arsenal fan he heard KT had a meeting with Arteta about his lack of game time, it got a bit heated. Shortly after that Arteta called KT into his office for another meeting during which he produced medical bills the club had paid for him, and the wages he had been paid while out injured. The meeting ended any relationship between the two, the guy said as long as Arteta was there he seriously doubted if KT would play for them again. Might be a lot of rubbish, then again it might have a bit of truth in it ?.

    The point is, if there is a bit of truth in the story KT could engineer a loan ? move to Celtic next season by refusing any transfer if a cub wants him, telling Arsenal he will sit it out, then near the end of August telling Arsenal he would consider a loan move for a season up here, just to get him off the wage bill Arsenal might ok it. Great player that he is, he is injury prone and a bit of a risk if you are giving him a 3 or 4 year contract.