Celtic’s Scottish Cup final showdown against Aberdeen could be Kieran Tierney’s last hurrah for The Bhoys.
Since making his debut in April 2015, 19 year-old Tierney has won the Scottish Premiership twice and featured in the PFA Scotland Team of the Year twice. He also became the first player since Craig Levein in 1986 to be named PFA Young Scotland Player of the Year in consecutive seasons.
Tierney’s energetic displays at left-back this season at Celtic Park have seen him linked with a number of England’s biggest clubs, including Arsenal and Liverpool.
He signed a five-year deal at the back end of last season, but with transfer prices for home-grown players increasing annually in the Premier League, the biggest clubs south of the border are unlikely to be perturbed by Celtic’s £10 million valuation.
Tierney is also unlikely to demand the sky-high wage structure that full-backs from the Premier League and Europe’s elite leagues will require.
Seasoned top-flight international full-backs are hard to come by in today’s transfer market – and it could be argued that Tierney’s services would be required by the Champions League chasing pack in the Premier League.
It seems that Gael Clichy’s time at Manchester City is up, and on the other side of the city, Luke Shaw and Matteo Darmian have suffered a multitude of injury problems at Manchester United this season.
Jurgen Klopp has been forced for much of the season to use James Milner on the left side of his defence after showing a mistrust in Alberto Moreno; Tierney has a lot of time to improve, but he already has the ability to hit the ground running at some of England’s top clubs.
Long-term Arsenal and Liverpool target Ricardo Rodriguez, who was a shining light for Switzerland at Euro 2016, looks set to complete a move to AC Milan in a deal rumoured to be worth over £15m from VFL Wolfsburg.
Bosnian left-back Saed Kolasinac has already agreed to join The Gunners upon the expiry of his contract this summer, leaving Liverpool with a gap to fill ahead of next season’s Champions League campaign.
Manager Klopp could do far worse than attempt to persuade Tierney to Anfield away from his Liverpool predecessor, Brendan Rodgers.