GLASGOW (AFP) – Celtic manager Neil Lennon has warned Arsenal that the Scottish champions won’t let Kieran Tierney leave on the cheap after rejecting a second bid for the defender.
Lennon is believed to rate Tierney at GBP25 million but Arsenal’s latest bid is reported to have fallen short of that price tag.
Celtic plan to stand firm in their valuation of the Scotland international and 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. Whether they come in again or not, I can’t answer that.
“It doesn’t surprise me there are potential suitors out there for a player of his quality but he’s our player, he’s on a long-term contract and we don’t want him to go.”
Lennon was asked if Arsenal’s bid was disrespectful given Manchester United paid Crystal Palace GBP50 million for young right-back Aaron Wan-Bissaka.
“Disrespectful is strong but I do feel our valuation of Kieran is correct,” Lennon said. “We feel Kieran is a far more experienced and more rounded full-back at this juncture of his career.”