Glasgow Celtic boss Neil Lennon has admitted that his club have received an offer from Arsenal for defender Kieran Tierney, but added that it was nowhere near their valuation of the player.
The Bhoys youngster is regarded as one of the best up-and-coming talents in European football and has also reportedly drawn interest from Serie A giants Napoli.
However, Celtic boss Lennon has stated there is work to do from Tierney to become an Arsenal player.
“I’m not aware of another bid yet,” Lennon told Sky Sports.
“Of course [we are looking at replacements]. We had a bid from Arsenal, we respect the bid but we know that’s not anywhere near the valuation we see him at.
“We are in no position to sell. He’s on a long-term contract, he is an asset and we don’t want to sell.
“From his point of view, he needs to get fully fit. He’s working away in the background.
“It might be a little unsettling for him. We’ve all been there. It can take your focus away.
“He’s not training and he’s got a little bit of time to think about things.”
Despite being just 22-years-old, Tierney has already won everything there is to win in Scottish football with Celtic.
He has also previously captained both the Scottish national team as well as the Hoops in the absence of Scott Brown.
Now may be the right time for him to leave Celtic Park if he wants to challenge himself at the top level.
Tierney is however a very important part of the Hoops’ first-team and it will indeed be a blow if they have to sell him.
Arsenal are seemingly searching for a new left-back this summer. Veteran Nacho Monreal is set to leave the club while Sead Kolasinac has been largely inconsistent since his arrival from Schalke.
Should Celtic star Tierney join Unai Emery’s squad, it is likely that he will be given a number of opportunities to stake his claim to become a first-team regular.
It is likely that the Gunners will come back with an improved offer in the near-future and as such Celtic should prepare well for a potential departure of the player.