It is safe to say that Celtic have not managed to fill the void left behind by Kieran Tierney, since he decided to join Arsenal a couple of summers back for a Scottish record £25 million.
That transfer fee has looked like a bargain though, as he has easily been one of the best and most consistent performers in an Arsenal team that has been struggling for years now. And without the left-back, they’d be in a far worse position right now.
On the other hand, Celtic have been struggling to find a suitable replacement. Boli Bolingoli was signed from Rapid Vienna but failed to make a positive impact. Diego Laxalt started spectacularly but has faded away since. Greg Taylor has both his pros and cons, and might end up being a very decent player in the future. But he is no Kieran Tierney!
Many believe that Tierney will ultimately outgrow Arsenal and move to an even bigger club. While that remains to be seen, one thing that is for sure is that his heart remains at Celtic. As reported by The Scottish Sun, talking about his life after football, he revealed:
"“I have thought about it, but it’s hard to say with it being so far away.“It’s not crossed my mind to do any coaching badges or anything like that yet.“Some of the older players talk about it, and doing the qualifications, it’s probably something you think more about when you get over 30, but before that it’s all about your playing career.“Well when I finish playing I’ll be back in Scotland, no doubt going back to my old life of supporting Celtic home and away again!“I’ll be back there doing something anyway.“I’ll definitely live in Scotland when I finish playing, too per cent. I miss it every day.”"
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Hopefully we can see Tierney play for Celtic again
It is hard not to feel that Tierney still has some unfinished business at Parkhead. While he might have achieved a lot in his short senior career at the club, most would have liked to see him stay for 10IAR. And if he had done so, things might have turned out much differently than they have this season.
We cannot blame him for taking the chance with Arsenal though. A footballer’s career is short and with his injuries, clearly he was concerned about his longevity on the pitch. Since then, he has shown that he is very capable of playing in the Premier League and even has a FA Cup to his name already.
Let’s just hope that when he eventually does return to Scotland, it will not be after he has retired. We would love to see him wreck havoc down that Celtic left flank a few more times, even if he is in his thirties at that point.