CQN’s Tierney Analysis Is Spot On Even If Some Celtic Fans Don’t Want To Hear It.

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This morning, Paul Brennan at CQN has published a brutal analysis of the Kieran Tierney situation, and made it clear that he believes the player’s latest injury is the reason talk of a return to Celtic is so far from reality.

This blog has said much the same, several times.

Paul’s article is being criticised in some quarters from “kicking a man when he’s down.”

It does no such thing.

It is a cold-blooded analysis of what the signing of Kieran Tierney would mean for Celtic, and is precisely the kind of article that a responsible blogger who is keen-eyed and wants the best for our club should be willing to produce, one that will upset people but which also sets out a clear argument based on the facts. I commend it.

It’s not Paul’s fault that this issue keeps raising its head, and he is probably just as baffled as me at the number of times this subject is put in the public domain and discussed as if it were something we ought to pursue. There are numerous reasons why it would not work, and one of them isn’t even in Paul’s piece; Kieran Tierney thinks he has a couple more years at the highest level and he is not interested in taking what he regards as a step backwards.

Yes, Kieran Tierney regards returning to Celtic as a step back. He has made this clear, even if people don’t want to hear it. He has laid it out, more than once, and he wants to try his hand again in Spain, or in Italy, or in England once more … a top five league. He thinks he belongs there and the reason so many of these “come home” stories proliferate is that we know a fully fit Kieran Tierney does belong in one of those leagues and would be a standout.

And yet this is the paradox. Because it’s only because people sense that Tierney won’t get the kind of club he wants in the kind of league he covets that the talk of a return to Celtic is so widespread. It’s just that those who think there’s a realistic chance of us getting him never quite follow that thought all the way to its conclusion; why is he suddenly available? Why is he available within a price bracket we could afford? Why do people think he won’t end up at another Arsenal?

We saw the reason last night. As a club we could not possibly countenance a £10 million bid for a player with his injury record.

It’s heartbreaking for Kieran, heartbreaking for Scotland it will be a blow to those who wish to see him back in our colours, and I myself regard him as one of the exceptional players I’ve watched at the club in my lifetime … but it’s the club itself which I always put foremost in my thinking and there’s nothing to credit this idea at all.

Paul Brennan’s piece put it thus;

“Even if Kieran took a pay cut, down to the level of the other senior players, and Arsenal were happy to move him on for a token, would you want a big wage, a place in the squad and our hopes for the left back position hanging on a player who will inevitably miss significant amounts of football?”

And the answer to that is obvious, even those who might be resistant to those who might not enjoy admitting it. We’re past this. We were past it the day Kieran Tierney left; the size of the fee, the club he ended up it, the wages he had to be on … all of it precluded his return as anything like the player who left us with such fond memories.

Even Tierney himself speaks of it as a distant prospect, to be arrived at in his thirties … he has to know that wouldn’t be satisfying for either party. His own previous comments on this make it very clear that he understands the unlikelihood of it.

“I left that to go and challenge myself in the Premier League and come up against the best to see how I’d cope. If I go back, I want to be feeling how I did there before,” he told the Athletic not that long ago. “I’ll be a different player to what I was, as I’ve been away for years, but I wouldn’t want to go back if I wasn’t feeling 100 per cent in my body. I know the intensity and the demand to win so, if I go back, it will be when I’m still feeling good.”

In short, he knows it won’t ever happen. He’s never going to be 100%, and he knows that and Kieran loves Celtic enough never to want to do us down, or sell us short, or come here just to take a wage. If he can’t make a full and obvious contribution to the cause he’d only be a drag on the wage-bill and he has too much integrity not to acknowledge it.

Kieran will forever be one of my favourite Celtic players. He will have a place in my heart as long as I am following this club. It would be horrendous to have those memories sullied by an unproductive spell at the tail end of his career when he’s nowhere near the footballer he was … and he would never give us less than that.

Kieran has the best wishes of every Celtic fan as he aims to recover from his latest blow.

Scotland will miss him for the remainder of this competition.

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  • Therese Storrie says:

    Spot on James Kieran is a boy with his integrity intact
    He wouldn’t come back to us knowing he couldn’t give us his best

  • Peter kane says:

    We can’t afford the outlay and wages for a player who would spend more time in the treatment room than on the field. KT was a great player for us but his time in the hoops is gone, thanks for the memories

  • LPATIM says:

    Spot on both articles, in my mind he is to much injury pron these days and think it would be unfair to Greg Taylor who lets face has not done a bad job. And Kieran has stated only and only if he is a 100% fit. Its not going to happen.

  • paul obrien says:

    We don’t need another McCarthy

  • JimBhoy says:

    Hearing the Rangers may be starting the season at Murrayfield, LMAO.

    • Clachnacuddin and the Hoops says:

      Where – a field in that crooked cripple’s estate… Well it would be a Murrayfield !!!

  • JimBhoy says:

    Sad to see Kieran injured I can see him spend more time at Arsenal. I wish him well.

  • Graham says:

    Excellent analysis hits the nail on the head,I also would like to see him pull the jersey on for us again, but I’d prefer to see Adam Idah along with another young professional arrive this window instead.HH

  • Kevan McKeown says:

    Ah think that just about covers it.

  • Clachnacuddin and the Hoops says:

    Years of open season thuggery on Kieran will always come home to roost and has come home to roost…

    All turned a blind eye to by The SFA’s pin up cheats with whistles and flags (I don’t think monitors were there when Kieran was at Paradise)…

    Ironic that it’s Scotland (and therefore by dint The SFA that’s lost out this time around) !

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