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New Celtic signing Boli Bolingoli-Mbombo has insisted he sought no assurances on Kieran Tierney’s future before making the decision to join the club, as reported by The Scottish Sun.
The Bolingoli-Mbombo signing has certainly raised a few eyebrows considering there’s an ongoing situation regarding Tierney and Arsenal, with reports claiming that the arrival from Rapid Vienna could pave the way for the Scottish international to make the switch to the English Premier League.
Arsenal fans are now convinced that Tierney is on his way because of the new Hoops acquisition.
Bolingoli-Mbombo insists that Tierney’s future had no bearing on his decision to join Celtic though, telling press on Thursday that he can provide healthy competition for the left-back spot next season.
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As quoted by The Scottish Sun, the 24-year-old said:
“I didn’t ask if the player was going to stay or not. I came here for the club and to make history. If he is going to stay or not, it’s going to change nothing for my decision at all.
“It’s always healthy competition to have a colleague like this player. He is a good player, I have heard a lot of positive things about him.
“I am always open for healthy competition and if he stays we will work together and try to give everything to the club.”
Unless there is some sort of elaborate behind the scenes manoeuvring at work here then it appears that Tierney to Arsenal is far from a done deal.
Boli-Bolingoli’s comments, taken at face value, appear to suggest that there are plans in place for both players to be a part of Neil Lennon’s squad heading into the new season.
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Lennon insisted earlier this week there is no change in Tierney’s situation and that their valuation has still not been met.
If Celtic are to maintain the success they’ve enjoyed in recent years next season then they need a deep squad that can cope with progression across four competitions.
Tierney needs viable support and competition and Celtic have gone out and done the business required.
The 22-year-old’s situation appears to be unchanged as a result, despite the speculation.