Does Kieran Tierney's Celtic deal give Leeds United free run at Joe Bryan?

Thomas Christiansen, Manager of Leeds United during the Sky Bet Championship match between Bristol City and Leeds United at Ashton Gate on October 21, 2017 in Bristol, England.

January is the time for Leeds United to ramp up their interest in Bristol City left-back Joe Bryan - and Celtic may be out of the picture.

BRUSSELS, BELGIUM - SEPTEMBER 27:Alexandru Chipciu of RSC Anderlecht and Kieran Tierney of Celtic battle for possession during the UEFA Champions League group B match between RSC...

To those in the know, it did not come as much of a shock to learn that Kieran Tierney had committed his future to Celtic despite increasing speculation that a move to the Premier League was on the cards.

Manchester United, Tottenham and Liverpool are just three of the giants south of the border who have been linked with a big-money move for the left-back recently. But the boyhood Celtic fan's new six-year contract should put the gossip on the backburner for now.

And Tierney’s long-term stay at Parkhead also means Brendan Rodgers can rest easy knowing that left-back reinforcements do not need to be a priority in the transfer window.

Manager of Celtic Brendan Rodgers celebrates with fans the Betfred Cup Semi-Final at Hampden Park on October 21, 2017 in Glasgow, Scotland.

The Mirror reported in July that Celtic were watching Bristol City’s highly-rated Joe Bryan, an attacking and technically astute left-back cut from the same cloth as Tierney. With the 20-year-old set to stay, however, it appears unlikely that Celtic will revive their interest in Bryan any time soon.

Which could be good news for Leeds United. HITC Sport told us that The Whites were interested in Bristol City’s homegrown favourite in the summer as a possible replacement for Burnley-bound Charlie Taylor.

And though Robins boss Lee Johnson confirmed that no bids were made, Leeds’ interest made perfect sense. The 24-year-old was statistically the best left-back in the Championship last season.

Henrik Dalsgaard of Brentford and Joe Bryan of Bristol City in action during the Sky Bet Championship match between Brentford and Bristol City at Griffin Park on August 15, 2017 in...

And with Leeds struggling to find a natural successor to Taylor, Stuart Dallas starting in the back four in Tuesday’s defeat to Derby County and Cameron Borthwick-Jackson clearly out of favour, January may be the time for Leeds to ramp up their interest in Bryan.

At least Celtic are now out of the picture.

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