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Pundit and football agent Allan Preston insists Celtic hold all the cards when it comes to a potential Kieran Tierney exit this summer, speaking on Saturday afternoon’s edition of BBC Sportsound.
Preston works for the football agency that represents the Scotland international and is a regular on the BBC Radio Scotland show, so when he appeared on Saturday’s panel one of the topics that came up was inevitably the talented left-back.
Refuting any suggestion that Tierney could be looking to force a move away from Celtic Park, Preston’s comments gave an insight into the current situation, amid bids from English Premier League sides Arsenal.
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Speaking at length on the programme, Preston explained:
“It is all down to Celtic. If they get a price that they believe is the correct value for Kieran Tierney he could possibly be on his way. No one has hit that price yet.
“I know Kieran really well, I had some food with him the other day, he is such an unassuming young man. He is wealthy at the moment but he doesn’t possess a watch, he isn’t into material things like this.
“He still hangs about his pals from when he was a youngster, he sponsors his local pub team where his pals play and he’s not into his designed gear or anything like that.
“As the guys say he loves Celtic, he absolutely loves Celtic.”
Having already rejected two bids from Arsenal, it’s clear that the Hoops aren’t looking to make a quick buck when it comes to Tierney’s departure.
He is one of the key assets in Neil Lennon’s first-team squad and still just 22 years of age with four years left on his current contract, there is absolutely no rush to sell.
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Preston’s comments also make it clear that Tierney won’t be taking the huff anytime soon and handing in a transfer request or anything as dramatic as that.
That love for the club along with the business realities of any potential deal means that any side looking to sign the left-back will have to be serious and weigh in on the full £25m valuation Celtic have placed on his shoulders, before the Hoops even entertain the notion of him leaving.