Celtic face battle to hold onto Kieran Tierney

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HITC Sport understands that Chelsea and Man City are leading the chase for the full back.

Chelsea and Manchester City are ready to battle it out for Celtic starlet Kieran Tierney, HITC Sport understands.

The 18-year-old left-back was handed his first-team opportunity late last season and he has quickly established himself as first choice with the Hoops this season.

Such has his form been that Gordon Strachan decided the teenager was ready to make his debut against Denmark last month and a number of Europe’s top clubs were present to watch Tierney in action.

But HITC understand that both Chelsea and City have the Isle of Man-born full back very high up on their summer shopping lists.

Despite Tierney’s inexperience, both clubs feel that he could very well challenge for a starting spot. Tierney is full of running and as well as being an outstanding defender, has the ability to get up and down the flank. The youngster is known to model his game on legendary Brazilian full-back Roberto Carlos, and he has already been dubbed as the Scottish version.

Tierney has three-years left on his current deal, which he signed in 2015 – but that will not be an issue to any interested parties south of the border with Celtic unlikely to be able to resist any sort of reasonable offer for their prized asset.

Liverpool and Arsenal have also scouted Tierney in recent weeks, but the interest of Chelsea and City is understood to be more advanced.

Celtic boss Ronny Deila has already insisted that he feels Tierney is as good as anything in Europe and would be loathed to sell, but the Scottish champions know they could not resist a big offer from south of the border.

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