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Report: Celtic reject second Arsenal bid for Kieran Tierney

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Report: Celtic reject second Arsenal bid for Kieran Tierney

The Times have claimed that Arsenal have had a second bid rejected by Scottish champions Celtic for left-back Kieran Tierney this summer, as the Hoops hold out for their £25million valuation.

Tierney, 22, enjoyed another excellent campaign with the Hoops last season as Neil Lennon’s side won a third consecutive treble north of the border. Though injury did creep into Tierney’s progression.

 

The 12-time Scotland international has now clocked up a whopping 170 appearances for the Hoops despite his tender age, quickly becoming renowned as one of the best young left-backs in European football.

Celtic are more than aware of this and they are willing to play hard ball over Tierney’s future. Indeed, they are standing firm on their £25million valuation, which has now seen them reject two Arsenal bids.

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The north Londoners tabled a £15million offer earlier this month – which was described as an embarrassment by John Hartson – before returning over the weekend with an improved offer.

TBR’s view – Celtic need Tierney sale

Arsenal desperately need a left-back and Tierney is the perfect candidate, given the Gunners’ style of football. £25million is a fair figure, given Manchester United are about to splash more than £50million on Aaron Wan-Bissaka.

From Celtic’s point of view, the club would love to keep their academy graduate. However, a rebuild is needed at Parkhead and bringing in £25million for Tierney would help the Hoops be able to fund that revamp.

Goalkeeper, right-back, centre-back, a new winger or two and a number 10 are likely to be positions in which Lennon will want to make additions. Without Tierney’s sale, it is unlikely he will be able to do that.

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