COMEBACK Bhoy Kieran Tierney has knocked back suggestions he is considering quitting Celtic to rejoin Brendan Rodgers at Leicester City.
The fans’ favourite, who played his fourth successive game in the goalless draw against Aberdeen yesterday following a two-month absence with a hip problem, is aware of the rumours currently doing the rounds.
Even his close friends are asking the Scotland international left-back about the possibilities of leaving the champions for a mid-table Midlands outfit.
Reports down south claim the King Power side are ready to sell defender Ben Chilwell for a massive £50million in the summer – and then turn their attention to the 21-year-old Celt.
Tierney, speaking to the Sunday Mail, said: “There are going to be rumours like that. I’ve seen and heard them, as well.
“I’ve been on the end of speculation for a few transfer windows, so it’s nothing different for me. It doesn’t take my mind off Celtic.
WELCOME BACK…Kieran Tierney in action against Hearts in his second game since injury.
“My pals ask me, too, and there will be links with a lot of Celtic players. It’s natural because it’s his old club, but it’s nothing I know of.
“We thank him for all he has done as he has helped me become a much better player and professional.
“The standards he set changed football up here. What we achieved over the time he was here was crazy, but there is no point in dwelling on the past. We need to look forward.”
Tierney made his return to the first team in the 4-1 win over Motherwell just over two weeks ago – Rodgers’ last game in charge before his defection – and came through unscathed.
He kept the No.3 slot for the 2-1 victory over Hearts at Tynecastle and put in another powerful performance in the 2-0 Scottish Cup quarter-final success over Hibs at Easter Road last weekend.
The three-game winning streak came to a halt in yesterday’s scoreless confrontation with the Dons at Parkhead.