John Hartson comments on Everton target Kieran Tierney's Celtic future

Kieran Tierney of Celtic is seen during the Scottish Premier League between Celtic and Kilmarnock at Celtic Park on May 9, 2018 in Glasgow, Scotland.

Kieran Tierney has been linked with a move to Everton and Tottenham Hotspur, and John Hartson fears that the Celtic star may have his head turned.

Kieran Tierney of Celtic is seen during the Scottish Premier League between Celtic and Kilmarnock at Celtic Park on May 9, 2018 in Glasgow, Scotland.

John Hartson has hinted to the Evening Times that he is somewhat fearful that Kieran Tierney could be tempted to leave Celtic amid talk of a potential move to Everton or Tottenham this summer, while he has suggested that he would stay at Parkhead for a while longer if in the starlet's shoes.

Tierney is undoubtedly the finest left-back in the Scottish Premiership. His ability as a left-back alone makes it understandable as to why a host of teams would be keen, but Tierney brings so much more to the table.

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It is easy to forget that Tierney is just 21 so could still improve significantly in the future, and yet, he is already more than capable of playing on the right flank or in the middle of the back line - and he has performed both roles at international level also. In addition, he brings Champions League experience with him.

The Daily Mail recently suggested that Everton are eyeing a £25 million bid, while Spurs are keen on luring him away and Wolves and Bournemouth also have the full-back on their radar

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And while Hartson believes that Tierney will not find any decision on his future easy, he did hint that he could see the youngster being at least tempted by the chance to make a move to the Premier League, though he would go on to add that leaving may not be the best decision for him.

"Time is on Tierney’s side. His price tag is only going to go up. He could play with Celtic for another year, gain some more experience, and then make the move we all knew would come," he told the Evening Times. "Whatever he does, whichever clubs gets to have him, this is a top class person and footballer who deserves nothing but the best.

"He might go. If he does, good luck to him. He will get a big club, a big pay rise and he’s already part of Celtic folklore. However, it is worth repeating that there is nowhere better to play than Celtic Park. Ask anyone lucky enough to pull on that jersey. The Premier League is one hell of a temptation.

"But Celtic is a hard place to leave."

If Tierney does have any desire to consider a move, then his priority should undoubtedly be to make sure that he is playing regularly - and if Celtic are the only team to offer assurances over game-time, then there is surely absolutely no reason to seek a move. 

While Tierney is still perfecting his game, Celtic seem to tick every single box right now, so you would imagine that it would have to be an incredible offer to lure him away, especially as it seems unlikely that his admirers will lose interest over the next 12 months if he does stay put. 

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