Premier League Big Boys Chase Teenager Kieran Tierney

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Manchester United are tracking Celtic’s teenage left-back Kieran Tierney.

Along with rivals Manchester City, Chelsea, and Arsenal, Manchester United scouts have been monitoring the 19-year old. Tierney is returning from a two-month injury lay-off, after suffering an ankle ligament damage while playing for Celtic.

Tierney had played a crucial role in the Scottish side’s 3-3 draw against Manchester City at Celtic Park in the Champions League. With his ever improving form under Brendan Rodgers, he is in high demand.

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Even if United would love to acquire him during this window, they might have to wait till the summer, as per the Mirror. The defender is apparently rated around £10 million.

United have had problems at left-back this season, with Marcos Rojo, Daley Blind, Luke Shaw, Matteo Darmian and Ashley Young all featuring, but not entirely impressing in the position. Jose Mourinho is also looking to bolster his defense by bringing in central defender Stefan de Vrij from Lazio.

A childhood Celtic fan, Tierney signed for Celtic as a 7-year-old. He has progressed quickly since, earning repute both as an attacking and defending wide player. He made his senior competitive debut in April 2015 as a substitute in a match against Dundee.

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The 2015-16 season proved to be a breakthrough season for Kieran. Appearing in 30 matches, he displaced Emilio Izaguirre as first-choice on the left hand of defense. He played a crucial role in Celtic’s league title win, and for his performances, was awarded both Players’ and Writer’s Young Player awards.

But with a manager in Jose Mourinho, who is not exactly famous for developing young players, it remains to be seen whether the Red Devils will make a serious move.


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