Kieran Tierney says there is “every chance” he will stay at Celtic for the rest of his career and revealed he would have happily signed an even longer contract than the new six-year deal he agreed with the Scottish champions this week.
The 20-year-old Scotland international, hailed as one of the best left-backs in British football by his club manager Brendan Rodgers, has been monitored closely for some time now by a host of leading English Premier League sides.
Manchester United and Tottenham are among Tierney’s admirers and Celtic have ensured they would be able to command an optimum fee for their prize asset if he was to be lured south of the border.
But boyhood Celtic supporter Tierney, whose new deal runs until the summer of 2023, insists he would be content to remain a one-club man for as long as he plays the game.
“Yeah, there is every chance that could happen,” he said. “I hope so. I’ve been here, in the system at Celtic, for 13 years already and that’s a long time. There is no doubt about it, I could be [a one-club man]. We will see what happens. I hope I can stay here as long as I can and keep playing for Celtic. I am in no rush to leave. I think everybody can see that from me signing a long-term deal. I am very happy at Celtic. It is football, you never know where a career is going to take you. But I am happy just now.
“I had no doubts about signing a long term deal. I wish it was longer. It’s brilliant for me and my family. I’m buzzing, everyone is buzzing. It’s a great feeling, the same as it was when I signed my previous contract last year.
“It’s like any other deal – if you are doing well, they reward you with a new one. So I’m very happy.
“They don’t need to give you another one, especially when you’ve got almost four years left on the one you’ve got. Fair play to Celtic, it’s good for both parties. Everyone is happy.”
Tierney admits he is flattered by the constant speculation linking him with major clubs in England but does not regard it as a distraction.
“It’s good, there are no negatives about it,” he added. “It’s a compliment if there are big teams watching you. It’s not something that I need to block out. It’s there. It’s a good thing. I’m flattered by the names you hear but I’m loving it at Celtic and enjoying every minute.”
Tierney broke into the Celtic first team under Ronny Deila’s management in 2015 and has since gone from strength to strength during Rodgers’ tenure.
“He [Rodgers] has been brilliant for me,” said Tierney. “To sign two new contracts under him in a year-and-a-bit is unreal. The faith he put in me right from the start was amazing. I had only played one full season at first-team level and he could have brought in someone more experienced for the Champions League when he arrived, so I have a lot to thank him for.”