Tierney On Manchester United Radar
Manchester United scouts have been watching Celtic left-back Kieran Tierney after it was revealed that one of their representatives was at the Hoops’ Scottish League Cup win over Dundee this week.
The 20-year-old was linked with interest last season from Old Trafford. However, manager Jose Mourinho put a block on the signing of Tierney this summer as he regarded the Scotland international as one for the future.
BBC pundit Alan Stubbs spotted an Old Trafford scout at Celtic’s 4-0 victory over Dundee at Dens Park on Wednesday night. Tierney and striker Moussa Dembele are the Scottish champions’ most saleable assets.
Tierney made his debut for Celtic in April 2015 and has gone on to cement his place as a first-team regular. He now has 89 appearances to his name along with six full international appearances to his name.
All the indications that Manchester United got from Celtic last season were that Tierney wouldn’t be sold. It’s a stance that will probably bring Celtic a higher transfer fee when he is eventually sold. There was talk of a £10million move. That figure is more likely to be closer to £20million.
United scouts also watched Tierney during Celtic’s 5-0 home defeat by Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League last week. Representatives from Old Trafford are likely to be keeping tabs on the youngster in all Celtic’s group games this season.
Tierney has been tipped as a possible replacement for Luke Shaw. The 22-year-old has disappointed since his £27million move from Southampton in 2014. Shaw continued his comeback from an ankle injury in United’s 4-1 Carabao Cup victory over Championship side Burton Albion on Wednesday. But he was criticised by former United defender Phil Neville following a lacklustre performance. Shaw came on as a second-half substitute.
“You’re 3-0 up, there’s nothing to lose and you’ve just come back from a long injury, you absolutely sprint everywhere and I didn’t see that real hunger to sprint to every ball, to sprint forward, to sprint back, I saw someone that’s coasting,” Neville told Sky Sports.
“He needs to come out of that comfort zone of coasting because if he wants to be a Man United left-back he needs to play at the level of a Ander Herrera.”