Former Scotland manager Alex McLeish has claimed that Celtic left-back Kieran Tierney is ready to play for a bigger club amid links to Napoli and Arsenal, and added that the player needs to ensure he gets a transfer this summer.
Arsenal have already placed a couple of bids for the player, with the latest reported to be a 20 million pound offer with 5 million pounds as bonus. However, the Partenopei are also seemingly interested and are open to paying higher than the Gunners.
However, no deal has been made yet, and McLeish is hopeful that Tierney will indeed leave Celtic this summer for a club that is a step above the Scottish champions.
He told Goal, “Tierney is ready for the big jump and to go to a more important club than Celtic. When his team played Barcelona, Manchester City or Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League, he always stood out, and that makes him ready.
“He’s got attacking qualities, but is also a great defender. He’s very young and while he had a few injuries, there’s no particular problems. He’s really quick and not only a player who knows how to defend.
“He’s got stamina, can run many kilometres without stopping. We’re talking about a real athlete. [Carlo] Ancelotti has the right qualities to get the best out of Tierney’s potential, and Napoli would be a great step for him.”
It remains to be seen where Kieran Tierney ends up when the new season starts, but it is almost certain that he will not remain in Scotland. If he does, he would need another scintillating season to attract attention from top clubs.