MARK WILSON has warned the champions Kieran Tierney could be approaching the crossroads of his Celtic career.

The former Hoops right-back reckons his old club are facing a summer of upheaval with at least an entire team quitting Parkhead.

Tierney, 21, is a Celtic fan, a confirmed favourite with the supporters plus the Scotland international defender has also pledged his future to the team.

But Wilson, who was signed by Gordon Strachan from Dundee United in 2005, is wary of big-money outfits across the border who are casting envious glances in the left-back’s direction.

Everton were linked a year ago and Arsenal and Leicester City, almost inevitably since last week’s arrival of Brendan Rodgers, are also reported to be monitoring his situation in what is certain to be a few months of change for the title kings who are bidding for their eighth successive crown this season.

They are eight points ahead with 10 games to go and are preparing for the visit of Aberdeen to a 60,000 sell-out Parkhead on Saturday.

However, Wilson, speaking to the Daily Record, had words of caution as he said: “Celtic fans are right in thinking it’s a huge club. They’re massive. It’s a massive honour to play for Celtic.

“There would obviously be that thought in the back of your mind: ‘What if that offer never comes again?’

BOUNCING BHOY…Kieran Tierney leads the Celtic celebrations after the 2-1 win at Hearts.

“People would say 10-in-a-row wouldn’t likely come around again, either.

“But money does talk. Ten in a row is magnificent, but the reality is, we’ve seen it this week, a mid-table club in England can offer an amount that will blow anything Celtic can manage out of the water.

“As much as Kieran loves playing for Celtic, and a great relationship with the fans, I’ve no doubts there will be a part of him that wants to go to the top level.

“He might say it’s not about money, but potentially he’ll know he can earn a hundred grand a week like Andy Robertson at Liverpool.”

Tierney has returned to his best following his two-month injury-enforced break.

He has been a driving force, along with Scott Brown, in Neil Lennon’s two homecoming victories over Hearts and Hibs in the past week.

The Hoops followers will see out-of-contract Dedryck Boyata almost certainly walk away in June and he is likely to be followed through the exit by loan stars Filip Benkovoc, Oliver Burke, Timothy Weah and Jeremy Toljan as they return to their parent clubs.

Others will follow, but the fans will be hoping and praying Kieran Tierney is not among them.


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Acclaimed author Alex Gordon wrote the biography of Scotland international legend Denis Law, entitled 'King and Country'. He is a former columnist with World Soccer magazine and Scottish correspondent of respected European journal L'Equipe.

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