The notion that the £25m Kieran Tierney transfer from Celtic to Arsenal could work in Rangers favour might seem fantastical.
After all, Celtic have just raked in a Scottish record fee for a player they couldn’t actually play, whilst adding to their already burgeoning riches.
But in selling Tierney they’ve frustrated fans, and with current replacement Boli Bolingoli-Mbombo being Parkhead’s resident whipping boy, it’s a decision they could live to regret.
Scottish international Kieran Tierney has joined us from @CelticFC on a long-term deal!
— Arsenal (@Arsenal) August 8, 2019
Yes, it’s an incredible amount to recoup for a player still recovering from hip surgery and someone who is yet to convince the most sceptical of observers that the worst is behind him.
But his move is a symbolic one as much as it is financially rewarding. It very much feels like the end of an era for Kieran Tierney, and amongst their fans.
That disgruntlement amongst our rivals threatens to turn up the heat in the East end. As does their notoriously stingy boardroom.
With cash to burn, Celtic will almost certainly re-enter the transfer market before the window shuts. But even the most diehard Celtic fan will know it’ll almost certainly be for a downgrade.
The notion that they’ll also be dealing in the upper tiers of England – where the window has unceremoniously slammed shut – is a hard one to buy into.
What it means is that should Rangers continue to impress domestically, and even (dare I say it) stretch out in front of them in a few week’s time, their fans will be demanding answers.
For many, selling the likes of Tierney is only a couple of steps away from selling 10 in a row.
It’s a massive risk in a season where Rangers finally look ready to bridge that gap – and this time once and for all.