The Star is reporting today that Newcastle are keen on signing 19 year-old Kieran Tierney from Celtic in the summer transfer window.
Kieran is a left back and that’s a position we need to get somebody in who can challenge local lad Paul Dummett for the starting position.
Paul has started 55 games at left-back this season and has been the regular starter and also made one sub appearance.
Both Massadio Haidara and Achraf Lazaar haven’t been able to challenge Paul for the starting position and both could leave the club this summer, although Rafa may see Lazaar as a left winger or left wing-back next season.
Kieran has played for two full seasons at left back for the Celtic first team and he’s made 71 appearances with 3 goals in that time.
Kieran Tierney – Celtic’s 19 year-old left back
He already has gained 3 full caps for Scotland and made his debut last year on 10th March for a friendly against Denmark and he played for the first half of that match, which Scotland won 1–0 at Hampden Park.
The report is that Newcastle scouts have been watching the lad regularly this season and have been at a number of Celtic games.
From what we can tell this teenager would be a very good signing for us but no news on the possible fee.
Rafa wants to bring in up to eight players who can immediately challenge for first team places at Newcastle next season in the Premier League.
Liverpool and Arsenal are also reported to be interested in the 19-year-old and he is the type of good young player who Rafa Benitez will want to bring to Newcastle and develop for the Newcastle first team in the future.
Kieran was born in Douglas on the Isle of Man and moved to Wishaw in Scotland before he was a year old and he signed for Celtic when he was just 7 years old.
He made his senior debut for the club just over two years ago when he was 17 in April 2015 when he came on as an 81st minute substitute in a Scottish Premiership match against Dundee.
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