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Arsenal target Kieran Tierney should be worth more than Aaron Wan-Bissaka, says Celtic boss Neil Lennon

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Arsenal have failed with two bids for Celtic full-back Kieran Tierney (Picture: Getty)

Celtic manager Neil Lennon has confirmed that the club have turned down Arsenal‘s second offer of £25million for Kieran Tierney.

Unai Emery, who reportedly has a measly £45m budget to spend on reinforcements, has prioritised a move for a left-back and has identified Tierney as his first-choice target.

The Gunners failed with an opening £15m offer for Tierney last month and their second bid of £25m was also rejected by Celtic, with the Scottish champions holding out for a fee closer to their valuation of the 22-year-old.

Manchester United shelled out £50m on Crystal Palace full-back Aaron Wan-Bissaka earlier this summer and Lennon believes Tierney has done more to prove himself at the highest level.

‘We can’t do anything about what clubs do in England,’ Lennon said at a press conference on Tuesday.

‘£50m for Wan-Bissaka is a lot of money and we feel that Kieran is a far more experienced and rounded full-back at this juncture in his career.

‘He’s an asset for us and we do have a value for the player and we rate the player very highly.

‘So disrespectful is the wrong word but we’re certainly not going to be pushed over in any negotiations, and we’re in a very strong position with regard to a number of our assets in the team.’

Manchester United spent £50m on Aaron Wan-Bissaka

Manchester United spent £50m on Aaron Wan-Bissaka (Picture: Getty)

Lennon stressed that Arsenal were still some way from reaching an agreement for Tierney with less than a month remaining of the transfer window.

‘The club’s valuation of Kieran has not been met and until then we don’t have a discussion to make,’ he said.

Asked whether he expects Arsenal to make a third offer for Tierney, Lennon said: ‘I don’t know what Arsenal’s financial state is.

‘I know what ours is and we are quite comfortable with the situation at the moment.

‘There has been a second bid, the bid has been rejected and it’s as you were.’

Manchester United spent £50m on Aaron Wan-Bissaka

Manchester United spent £50m on Aaron Wan-Bissaka (Picture: Getty)

Former Arsenal and Celtic star Charlie Nicholas believes Tierney would be a quality addition to Unai Emery’s squad.

‘I thought Kieran Tierney would want to stay at Celtic,’ Nicholas told Sky Sports.

‘He’s a die-hard Celtic fan, they’ve got eight in a row wrapped up, they want to go and do nine, and I thought if Kieran really wanted it, if he does nine then he’ll want to do 10 and get in the history books.

‘But the stories I’m hearing here in Glasgow is that he might be keen to move on to the bigger league. That’s really what it’s about, a bigger league

‘Will it make him a better player? Probably. There is a question mark about his defensive frailties. But then again, he would be an improvement for Arsenal – there’s no doubt in my mind about that.

Nicholas added: ‘He’s power. He’s got a lot of power. The greatest Celtic full-back I ever came across was Danny McGrain and he’s the closest we’ve ever had to him.

‘Danny could play right-back and left-back, but Kieran is just one-footed, his left foot. He’s got real power, real pace going forward.

‘And of course in Glasgow, in Scotland, in the SPFL, that’s domination. His final ball could be a bit better, but I think it has improved.’

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Read more here:: https://metro.co.uk/2019/07/16/arsenal-target-kieran-tierney-worth-aaron-wan-bissaka-says-celtic-boss-neil-lennon-10356216/

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