Everton are currently being linked with a move for Celtic left-back Kieran Tierney. As reported by The Times, the Scotland international has become the club’s number one transfer target and will cost in excess of £25 million this summer.
Everton need to recruit a left-back, with Leighton Baines entering the latter stages of his career. Tierney, who can also play at centre-back when needed, has been identified as the perfect option.
Some Everton fans are however doubtful over the 21-year-old’s credentials. The fact he plays in Scotland has certainly not helped his case. Everton fans feel the standard is too low north of the border and it makes Tierney a poor target.
Why are they wrong?
Tierney has proven himself in one of the highest-pressure clubs to play for in Europe. The standard of football in Scotland may be low, but Tierney has had to play in front of one of the most impassioned fanbases in world football. He has thrived under the pressure and will do the same at Goodison Park.
Also, in European football, Tierney has often looked like the only Celtic player who belongs on such a stage.
It is easy to knock Tierney as a Scottish football wonder. However, just look across Stanley Park at Liverpool. Virgil van Dijk and Andrew Robertson both made their names in Scotland and the pair are now two of the best in their respective positions in England.
Everton should not see the fact Tierney plays for Celtic as a disadvantage, but rather an advantage. He sees Everton as a challenge he has to take and arrives a fully-formed 50-game a season defender.
At just 21-years-old, those do not come around often.