This article is part of Football FanCast’s Transfer Focus series, which provides opinion and analysis on recent transfer news…
Celtic manager Neil Lennon has told Arsenal they will need to pay up to land Kieran Tierney during this summer’s transfer window, as reported by The Scottish Sun.
It was reported by The Times on Sunday that the Gunners have now made two bids for the Hoops left-back, with both falling well short of Celtic’s valuation, which they say stands at £25m.
Lennon is relaxed about the situation, feeling the club don’t have any big decisions to make on Tierney’s future until a team comes in with an offer that matches what the club think the player is worth.
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As quoted by The Scottish Sun, the Celtic Park boss said:
“Arsenal are aware of what we value the player at. He’s on a long-term contract, he’s an asset and we don’t want to sell him.
“It’s going to have to take a lot more than what they’ve offered the first time around to give us a decision to make.
“I’ve had a chat with him [Tierney] as it can be a difficult decision and bit unsettling. I’ve been there myself so it’s important that we support him regardless of the outcome.”
Whichever way Arsenal’s transfer pursuit shakes out, it appears Celtic will be massive winners.
By insisting that their valuation is met, the club could receive a record fee for an outgoing player, allowing them to reinvest in their first-team massively and make long-term beneficial plans, such as improving facilities and club infrastructure.
Bringing through homegrown talent and selling them for fees like the reported £25m is massive for a club like Celtic, who can’t rely on TV cash to boost their income.
If Arsenal deem that fee too rich, then the Hoops retain one of their most important and consistent players. Tierney has played 171 times since making his debut in 2015, a four-year run that has resulted in an incredible 11 trophies.
There is no rush to cave into the Gunners’ apparent low-ball bids, with his contract not expiring until 2023, and Celtic’s stance on the matter so far is spot on.