Former Celtic man Stiliyan Petrov backs Kieran Tierney to become world-class
Former Celtic favourite Stiliyan Petrov has told The Scottish Sun that the club needs a sense of realism in the transfer market when it comes to Kieran Tierney.
The Scotland left-back is set to be subject of intense speculation this summer, particularly from the English Premier League.
Nothing concrete has emerged in the way of bids as of yet, but given his quality, there is every possibility they will be forthcoming.
Petrov is a legend at Celtic Park. In his playing career, he made 228 appearances in the green and white, scoring 55 goals.
He believes that Tierney has the potential to be world-class but he will need to leave Celtic in order to do so.
He told The Scottish Sun: “I honestly believe he has the potential to go on and become world-class.
“Like all good players, he hasn’t just survived under pressure, he’s flourished.
“He’s shown he can cope in Europe. He’s been excellent in the Champions League.”
Petrov would love to see Tierney see out his playing days at Parkhead but concedes that is unlikely.
The 39-year-old believes it won’t be too long before the Hoops receive an offer they can’t refuse for the left-back.
He continued: “I don’t know if it’ll be this summer or next but at some point, Celtic’s resolve will be tested.
“If a huge offer comes in, the reality is you have to take it. I don’t know how much it’ll be but if it’s Manchester United the money won’t be a problem.
“Right now the boy just has to keep doing what he is doing. Celtic should be proud their system has produced a player like Tierney.”
Celtic fans might not like it but Petrov is spot on.
The Hoops would love to keep Tierney under lock and key at Celtic Park forever, but that won’t be possible.
At some point, a bigger club will come calling and Tierney will make the move.
The former Hoops midfielder is also right that the youngster has all the tools to become world-class.
He has shown in Europe that he can compete with the very best and if he does leave you can bet he will realise his potential.
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