Manchester City and Arsenal are monitoring young Celtic and Scotland left-back, Kieran Tierney, with Pep Guardiola stepping up his interest in the 19-year-old according to an exclusive report in The Sun.
City’s scouting of Tierney was first reported in April by the Scottish Mail and it appears that the interest has intensified following the player’s performance for Celtic against City in the Champions League.
City scouted Celtic left-back Kieran Tierney (18) in Sunday's Scottish Cup semi-final. [Scottish Mail] pic.twitter.com/cyK9RgB9nJ
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Tierney’s run and cross resulted in Celtic’s second goal during the thrilling 3-3 draw, and with City looking for new full-backs, with all four over the age of 30, the promising teenager is under consideration.
The Sun quotes a ‘City source’ as saying:
“Pep was impressed by Tierney’s non-stop running and refusal to hide on the night.
“City have built close links with Celtic in recent years with Patrick Roberts currently on loan there this season.
“Scouts have been watching him all season and last. The longer Celtic stay in the Champions League, the better.”
However, City could face competition for Tierney’s signature if they formalise their interest. Arsenal boss Arsène Wenger has been watching the Scotland international for around 18 months and it is reported that the Gunners could also make a move at the end of the season.