Friday 23 August 2019

Tierney not for sale to anyone, warns Hoops boss Lennon

Neil Lennon. Photo: PA
Neil Lennon. Photo: PA

Jamie Holland

Neil Lennon hopes Celtic have fended off Arsenal's interest in Kieran Tierney - and warned they are ready to fight off any other suitors.

Gunners boss Unai Emery lodged two bids - the second which potentially could have reached £25 million (€28m) - for the Scotland left-back but saw both kicked out by Parkhead chiefs.

The Premier League big guns were rumoured to be preparing a third bid but it's thought Arsenal are ready to turn their attention elsewhere.

That is good news for Lennon, who is desperate to keep his star defender.

But with Napoli understood to also be interested, the Hoops boss has made it clear it is his club who will hold the whip in negotiations.

Lennon said: "It's as you were really. I've had no information other than there were two bids that came in from Arsenal that were rejected.

"There has been no further inroads into that really.

"We have got no intentions of selling, he's on a long-term contract and we want him to progress with us.

"Our valuation of Kieran wasn't met and it's as simple as that.

Disrespectful

"You will see other transfers not going through because valuations haven't been met. It's not a case of Arsenal being disrespectful.

"They put a bid in that they valued the player at and obviously see Kieran as a very good player, as we do.

"But on a long-term contract, we're in a very strong position when it comes to Kieran."

Tierney could soon be joined at Parkhead by defender Hatem Abd Elhamed but there will be no place for Danny Simpson after the former Leicester right-back's proposed trial was cancelled.

Lennon hopes to have a few more signings ready for the next round of Champions League qualifiers - if his side can see off Nomme Kalju of Estonia, starting tonight (7.45) at Celtic Park.

Asked how near he was to completing his squad, he said: "There's a bit of work to do yet. There's no question of that. 'Nowhere near' is the simple answer."

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