I’m sure most have seen the Daily Record’s latest piece about Barrie McKay being the most gifted player in Scotland ahead of Kieran Tierney.
Now that you’ve all stopped laughing I’ll continue.
This piece is a by blogger Jonathan McFarlane and the bias is unbelievable. When I write something I’m safe in the knowledge that 99% of the audience is Celtic fans. This guy has made himself look stupid in front of an entire nation. Yes he’s a Rangers blogger – but surely there’s other ways of promoting your team without suggesting something so ridiculous. Well… maybe not considering…
Barrie McKay is by all admissions a decent player. I don’t think any would grudge him of that. However, that’s all he is. The best player in an incredibly average team.
If McKay signed for Celtic he’d be a great addition… to the bench.
I’m firmly of the opinion that he wouldn’t dislodge Sinclair, Roberts, Rogic, Brown or Armstrong. Absolutely not.
As I write this I’m struggling to find the various media reports from around Europe crediting interest in McKay from Bayern Munich, Man United & Chelsea. Tierney on the other hand… You get the idea.
The article also states that Europe’s biggest clubs are finally starting to look into Scottish football for the talent we have.
They’re chasing Tierney & Dembele – no mention of anyone else.
The article states
He glides with the ball, moving past players effortlessly with his low centre of gravity and agility key attributes. He has a wonderful range of passing, his first touch is exquisite and his slight frame masks an explosive shot
Now to me, he’s just described Patrick Roberts. One was bought by Man City for £12m. In the same season the other was shipped out on loan to Raith Rovers.
So let’s talk about KT. I’m not lucky enough to remember the McGrains of the world. The earliest I can remember are Boyd & McNamara. Both great Celts, but Tierney is showing far greater potential than they ever did. We also haven’t had any better since. As we know, Celtic weren’t great in the 90’s. Tierney is arguably the best left back we’ve had in 30 years… AND HE’S 19!!
The modern game has evolved to the point that full-backs are primarily attacking commodities with defensive responsibilities. Cast your mind to the best teams in world football at the moment – how many have full-backs that can actually defend?
Tierney has the defensive qualities of an old school left back, whilst possessing the attacking prowess of the more modern player. He’s blessed with pace, power and is the best crosser of the ball in the Celtic team – if not the whole of Scotland. He’d put most wingers to shame.
That’s why Brendan Rodgers said Tierney can go to the very top.
As I’ve mentioned, McKay is a decent player but how many carbon copies of him are there? Literally hundreds. A lot of them play in the English Championship.
How many Kieran Tierney’s are out there? Exactly.
I’m not really into slagging off players. I’d rather talk them up.
So if Jonathan McFarlane ever reads this, why not take the following point from this.
Regardless of who you’re hired to promote, You can talk up your own player without trying to bring down another. It’s snacks of desperation. Why claim ‘Rangers have a player better than one Celtic have’? It’s immature and quite frankly, not even a valid point to argue.