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Arsenal target Kieran Tierney more “rounded” than Aaron Wan-Bissaka, says Lennon

By CJ Smith

Published: 10:16, 17 July 2019

Celtic boss Neil Lennon believes Arsenal target Kieran Tierney is a more “rounded” full-back than new Man Utd signing Aaron Wan-Bissaka.

The Gunners have already seen two bids for Tierney reportedly rejected by the Hoops, with the latest offer said to be in the region of £25m.

Wan-Bissaka joined Man Utd from Crystal Palace recently for a massive £50m, despite having just 42 Premier League games under his belt and no senior international caps so far.

Tierney, on the other hand, has played 102 league games for Celtic, winning four Scottish Premiership titles and picking up 12 senior caps for Scotland.

And Lennon believes this gives his left-back the edge over Wan-Bissaka so far.

He said: “£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.”

But when asked by reporters about the interest from Arsenal, Lennon was defiant in his stance that Celtic would not be “pushed over”.

“He’s an asset for us and we do have a value for the player and we rate the player very highly,” he continued.

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“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.

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

“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.”

Lennon admitted it was no surprise to him that Tierney is generating so much interest but insisted he wants the 22-year-old to see out his long-term contract with the Scottish champions.

“He’s a great player and a great talent. He’s just 22 years old and has so much more to give to the game,” said Lennon.

“It doesn’t surprise me that there are potential suitors. It’s a compliment for all the work he’s done over the years.

“He’s got a long-term contract and we don’t want him to go.”

Arsenal’s Tierney chase: Five key things to know…

  • Unai Emery reportedly has just £40m to strengthen his squad this summer.
  • Arsenal conceded more goals (51) than any of the Premier League’s top five last term.
  • The Gunners have targeted Tierney as a solution to their left-back problems.
  • But Celtic have already rejected two bids for the Scotsman.
  • Lennon has insisted Celtic won’t be “pushed over” to sell Tierney.