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Why the Tierney to Celtic story carries credibility

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It may seem highly unlikely but there is one factor that gives the Kieran Tierney to Celtic story credibility. It is written by Derek McGregor.

The Sun reporter was first to break the news of Arsenal putting in a bid in the summer of 2019, every Celtic fan knows what followed as the hoops picked up a record £25m fee.

McGregor clearly has close ties to the Scotland defender, adding substance tonight to what appeared far fetched just a week ago.

Tonight The Sun reports:

KIERAN Tierney WON’T close the door on a Celtic return if Brendan Rodgers looks for a sensational summer reunion.

SunSport understands the Arsenal and Scotland left-back will spend the close season weighing up his future after a deeply frustrating 2022-23 campaign.

Newcastle United have long tracked Tierney but he’s also now being linked with the Hoops.

Rodgers has been handed a huge £30million transfer budget for his second spell in charge of the Hoops.

And has never hidden his admiration for Tierney, who he took to another level as a player during his first Parkhead hotseat spell.

But even that wouldn’t be enough to buy the Isle of Man-born ace who left Celtic for the Gunners in 2019 for a Scottish record £25m and currently earns £120,000-a-week on a contract until 2026.

However, a season-long loan could yet be a possibility IF both a substantial loan fee and significant compromise over wages can be agreed with Arsenal and Tierney.

A Rodgers swoop would be a stunning statement of intent as he aims to maintain Celtic’s domestic dominance and make a big impact in the Champions League.

An expensive one season loan for any player would seem to be of limited value to Celtic but it is clearly something that is under consideration.

Over the last two seasons Greg Taylor has nailed down the left-back role, shaking off the competition from Diego Laxalt and Boli Bolingoli.

Expensive loan signings don’t have much of a track record at Celtic with Moi Elyounoussi an exception compared to Shane Duffy, Laxalt, Timo Weah, Oli Burke and Jeremy Toljan.

As recently as January McGregor was interviewing Tierney about Arsenals title prospects.

CLICK HERE for Tierney’s Transfermarkt profile.

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