Garbutt should force Everton exit amid reported Tierney chase

A general view outside the stadium prior to the Premier League match between Everton and Newcastle United at Goodison Park on April 23, 2018 in Liverpool, England.

Everton defender Luke Garbutt must pursue first-team football elsewhere, as club chase Kieran Tierney.

Albert Adomah of Aston Villa and Luke Garbutt of Wigan Athletic in action during the Sky Bet Championship match between Aston Villa and Wigan Athletic at Villa Park on December 10, 2016 in...

Everton defender Luke Garbutt was once deemed a bright prospect at Goodison Park, but he must surely now plot a permanent escape route this summer to help him pursue first-team football elsewhere.

The 25-year-old seems unlikely to be the long-term successor to Leighton Baines at left-back and failed to make a single senior appearances last season.

The Liverpool Echo reports that the Toffees are in a battle to sign left-sided flyer Kieran Tierney from Celtic, who is valued at around £25million.

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It is reported that Everton have resisted their interest in the Scotland international and are willing to battle clubs such as Tottenham to try secure the 21-year-old’s signature.

Tierney looks the perfect replacement for Baines in defence, but that leaves a huge dark cloud over the future of Garbutt.

Luke Garbutt of Fulham FC and Callum Harriott of Charlton FC during the Sky Bet Championship match between Fulham and Charlton Athletic at Craven Cottage on February 20, 2016 in London,...

Garbutt has been shipped out on loan at clubs such as Wigan, Fulham, Colchester and Cheltenham Town during his Everton career.

It may be time to accept that the left-back will never cut the grade at Goodison and the fact the Merseyside club seem intent on adding Tierney to the squad will only push him further down the pecking order.

Allan Campbell of Motherwell vies with Kieran Tierney of Celtic during the Scottish Cup Final between Celtic and Motherwell at Hampden Park on May 19, 2018 in Glasgow, Scotland.

The era of Marco Silva could start with a bang if they manage to capture highly-rated Celtic speed machine Tierney and offloading deadwood in the squad should also be a key goal of the new manager.

Garbutt is an attack-minded defender that could yet still carve out a decent career in the Championship and finding a new home should be his priority now.

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