Manchester United may not be ready to offload Luke Shaw this summer but would definitely like to keep the fire lit beneath him by throwing the Englishman into some serious competition.
Shaw has made just 15 appearances for United this season but, given the Red Devils’ extreme involvement in cup competitions, many thought he deserved to feature more. Jose Mourinho hasn’t given him a run of games to prove that he still has the credentials.
Matteo Darmian, Marcos Rojo and Daley Blind all are fighting for the position but interestingly it remains one that Mourinho is not satisfied with yet.
It’s not a surprise, then, to hear Manchester United head of scouting Marcel Bout was present in Glasgow to watch Celtic’s talented left back Kieran Tierney. The 19-year-old Scottish defender has burst into life under Brendan Rodgers and Bout was more than happy to watch him in the recent Old Firm draw with Rangers.
Interestingly, Arsenal have watched the full-back on a number of occasions this term. The Daily Mail report the young lad has emerged as a serious transfer target and Manchester United are planning to send Bout, or another leading scout, to keep an eye on the Celtic star this weekend.
Tierney was shifted to right back during Scotland’s victory over Slovenia last weekend, and such flexibility will certainly make his case strong.
The same report further states that Celtic will not let go Tierney easily and will slap a £10m price-tag on his head to hopefully scare away the likes of United and Arsenal. Tierney signed a five-year contract with the Scottish giants last summer but a lucrative offer in the summer could loosen Celtic’s grip.
Not only Tierney, Manchester United are also in the hunt for Celtic’s top scorer Moussa Dembele.