While Tierney to Arsenal makes perfect sense for the player (a healthy wage increase and the opportunity to play in a better league) and the bidders (left back is something of a problem position at the Emirates) it does leave Celtic in a bit of a whole with his back-up from last season Emilio Izagguire having left Parkhead this summer.
So even if Tierney is to stay at the club they would still need someone to act as his back-up for the coming season and the Treble Treble winners need not look far for a solution to their problem. Aberdeen loanee Max Lowe and Kilmarnock’s Greg Taylor were both brilliant in that position last term. These two both stood out for their respective teams and while neither would come cheap they could both comfortably make a positive impact at Celtic Park.
Max Lowe could be set to leave Derby this summer, although without a manager they could prove a tricky club to negotiate with. Yet, looking at his form he showed at Aberdeen last season it would be worth really prioritising this deal, particularly if Tierney does head down to North London. The 22-year-old won the Players’ Player of the Year Award at Aberdeen as was a big part of the team that qualified for Europe and got to the League Cup final against Celtic. Lowe’s marauding runs down the left could suit Celtic’s style by allowing a winger like Marjan Schved or Scott Sinclair to drift inside and create knowing he’ll be there to bomb past them.
Lowe can also play as a wing-back, allowing Lennon to experiment with his favoured 4-2-3-1 formation as he did during games in his short spell in charge last season. His versatility is just one of a number of factors as to why he could provide an able deputy or replacement for Tierney, in fact, it’s a trait both he and Taylor share.
Kilmarnock’s Taylor has been a part of a sturdy defence at Rugby Park and one could be forgiven for thinking that he’d played there his whole life. Yet during his youth career, the 21-year-old spent much of his time as a central midfielder. This definitely comes through in his game as you can see how comfortable he is on the ball, an attribute needed to be a success at Celtic given how large a share of possession they tend to have.
Taylor is more of an orthodox defender than Lowe which it’s why- if Tierney were to leave Celtic Park- that they could both be brought in and offer manager Lennon something different to one another. In an ideal world, Tierney stays at Celtic but the money down South could prove too tempting yet his departure could be more than consolidated by either or both of Taylor and Lowe.