He’s one of our own !
The news that our young diamond has departed us is a stiff blow but to many on here it will come as no surprise. The price and buying club might surprise some but thats about it.
He’s away and that’s that.
Kieran I thank you for all your sweat and toil on the pitch for our club and you leave with my blessings.
Once upon a time the Club that me and you love did not sell its best players believe it or not.
Infact once we had players that were prepared to force moves from bigger more glamorous leagues including the Premiership to move to us and hopefully grace those beautiful green and white hoops.
The current manager was one such case by the way.
Just imagine that again,,EPL stars threatening strikes to get a move up north !!!
Why would that happen ? Why move to an inferior league probably less money ?
I could take days writing about why but it was summed up perfectly by a truly world class player who chose not to leave but rather to stay and play because ,,,
“ We’ve got something special here ! “
How true it was and I dont just mean Henke,, we really did have something special then and he only confirmed what we all realised . Henrik was merely putting into words what we were all feeling.
For the first time in my supporting life we had went and got a top manager and backed him heavily to see where it would take us and it nearly took us to the top.
I recently seen another Irishman who was very good at his job also show what quality in the dug out and in the transfer market can achieve ,, history made and records broken.
We’ve all had whats commonly known as a “ wake up call “ in real life Im sure,,whether its a warning in work ,, bad news from the doctor,, a friend or family passing away that shake’s you hard etc etc.
They generally are not a pleasant thing to happen but can be very necessary, in fact many will tell you its what they needed actually to really get through to them and make them open to change.
If Kieran Tierney leaving his beloved Glasgow Celtic now with the ten within reach is not a wake up call to you then check yer pulse pal.
Lets look at some facts here .
He signed a 6 year deal. When to hell was the last time you heard of any footballer signing such a deal ? An extension actually . Thats an engagement ring. Youre getting hitched she said yes congrats youve found true love. Its beautiful ,,, and now just like many an old Irish story or song its beautifully tragic .
The extension itself speaks volumes. Do you think Brendan got that extension signed easily ? Its possible as its his club but I reckon Brendan sold him the dream. Gave him the speech and said kid we are gonna buy three quality players and then we march. Remember the gaffer himself was very happy for a couple years also.
Now at the time of signing ( end of October 2017 ) the club was on the rise under Brendan and our bhoy was a living breathing part of the on pitch history being made in becoming The Invicibles ! The fans were responding big time to these events and naturally being one of our own ( that means a Scottish or Irish Celtic fan and has nothing to do with religion ) from the home city he was the focus of much of the adoration the faithful poured forth .
His relationship with the Green Brigade seemed very much ,,, love ! ? ! ? Not really sure how else to describe it,,,I cant say bromance as theres ladies in the GB 😉
Seemed to feed on each other actually did those two ,, it was a powerful synergy.
So just when things couldnt be going better all around he signs the six year deal.
As a wee reward he got to wear the armband and I’ll remind you all what he said about that,,,
“That’s probably the greatest honour I have ever had: to captain Celtic, walk out and do the team talk in the huddle,” he said.
“It’s just unbelievable. I could never have imagined that and for the gaffer to have that trust in someone so young is very special for me.”
So Mr Living the Dream has bailed. Lets ask ourselves why.
Well first of all its not money. Many will point the finger in that direction but the young man was happy with the terms he was offered and we hear in real life is not money orientated and very grounded still living with the parents fair play to him.
At the time of signing he wasn’t planning on moving obviously ,, he wanted to stay and play those years clearly ,,, at the time. That tells us the money was fine.
It was not the money. Dont believe anyone tells you that.
And speaking of money how comes the millions earned at Celtic arent life changing but the millions in the Epl are ? Because theres more millions in the Epl ?
Yeah see Henrik above.
Also we can and do pay Epl wages ,, in the boardroom . Funny how the footballers cant “ earn” that privilege , you know with the entire club revolving around them. Stars of the show and all.
So why leave ? Well the fella that handed him that contract and who he has spoken highly of , Brendan , was very very good at his job as the history books will always show.
He ended up very unhappy at the internal set up and policy making that went on upstairs. So unhappy he walked . Many different people have heard about an alleged meeting after that departure with Kieran and his Captain asking whats next of Peter to be told quality replacement incoming . That was shown up by not opening the applications and grabbing a very conveniently job free Lenny.
However the simple fact remains ,, our happy diamond who was in love has left so therefore he’s not happy.
Unhappy enough to leave,,totally leave the club of his dreams with mega years still on the contract AND one big huge shining target that would be historic to capture.
Why would Kieran become so unhappy as to do that not only to himself remember but also his Celtic daft family will be seeing huge impacts here,,,uprooting for a start.
And their boy is no longer a bhoy more importantly for some reason.
And this isnt isolated as we also now know our Captain seriously entertained a move away,,,and thats with him possibly hitting legend status bring home the fabled ten.
Earlier I was writing about how we had stars fighting to come to us,, and world class players signing their peak years here as we had it all , even in whats a backwater league we can still shine very very brightly.
Thats whats possible ,, to unite fans and team and hit spectacular heights winning hearts and mind’s across the globe playing the Celtic way urged on by the faithfuls passion.
We have went from keeping and attracting stars to now they run from us.
And now our own run away.
No matter who you are and where you as a Celtic fan should be very worried at this wake up call.
THERE HAS NEVER BEEN A CLEARER SIGN THAT THERE IS SOMETHING NOT RIGHT GOING ON !!!
My friend in Celtic , please stop and think for a moment about who or what is exactly is at the root of this something not right that is forcing our own to flee.
Its not hard to come up with answers.
Theres one very important thing needed from our current custodians who in my opinion have forgotten the responsibilities that custodianship entails especially the moral side.
That thing is Change. We need changes ,, are crying out for changes.
Those changes might just stop the next Kieran Tierney from walking out on his boyhood and dream club. Its too late now to keep that diamond but changes might just save the next one.
Change is needed , and if necessary we must force it.
Its our duty.
God Bless You Kieran Tierney. You lived the dream. You’ll Never Walk Alone!
Best wishes from the Sentinel Celts.
The above is by Mahe. Email sentinelcelts@gmail to contribute