Manchester United are reportedly set to make a move for Celtic defender Kieran Tierney this summer, with manager Jose Mourinho set to sell Luke Shaw to fund the potential transfer. Tierney has been attracting interest from a host of sides following his rise to prominence this season and may need to leave Celtic to reach his true potential.
Luke Shaw’s future at Manchester United is unknown given Mourinho has criticised the English left-back this season and has left him low down on the pecking order for the majority of the campaign. Tierney is a player on the United shortlist but his young age could mean he’s not an immediate starter just yet.
The 19-year-old Scottish international has made 11 assists from left-back for Celtic this season and has really come of age. He’s developed well from youth level to become the best in his position in Scotland and could now be embarking upon the biggest moment of his career. Mourinho certainly believes his future is brighter than Shaw’s and will pay whatever it costs to sign him.
Boasting excessive pace and a penchant to get forward, Tierney fits the mould of the modern-day fullback. His superior dribbling ability makes him deadly on the left flank and would enable forwards ahead of him to take up more central positions as he’s highly effective on his own down the left. The teenager is said to prefer Manchester to London and possesses the skill-set Shaw has lost recently.
Mourinho has bemoaned his side’s lack of attacking threat and goals scored on a number of occasions this season, and Shaw’s lack of confidence down the left has been telling. Gut-busting runs down the left and whipped crosses into the box would be the bare minimum from Shaw, but now the former Southampton man is tentative and not assured with his decision-making.
Celtic are keen to keep Tierney so United mighty have to stump up a tidy sum to get to personal talks with the left-back.