Defender speaks out after snubbing proposed £10m Arsenal move

By on May 23, 2017

According to quotes in the Mirror, Celtic defender Kieran Tierney had ‘no doubt’ he wanted to snub a proposed £10m move to Arsenal in favour of staying at Celtic Park.

Tierney has been strongly linked with a move to the Emirates for over a year and the Mirror cite a report from the Daily Record that claimed Arsenal were looking to sign the left-back in a £10m deal last summer.

A move failed to materialise but the 19-year-old has continued to be linked with a switch south of the border with the Mirror suggesting that Arsenal, Man Utd and Liverpool are among the clubs interested.

However, it looks like we’ll be wasting our time pursuing any deal as Tierney suggests it was an easy decision for him to snub a big-money move last summer and insists he’s happy at Celtic.

The young full-back says he’s flatter by the interest in him but had ‘no doubt’ he was always going to stay at Celtic Park and talks with Brendan Rodgers only further convinced him to remain at his boyhood club and sign a new deal.

Tierney is quoted as saying by the Mirror:

“The manager came in last year and I had been told already there was a big bid there. It was a dream season for me last year individually and the manager said he wanted me to stay and sign a deal.

“As soon as I trained under him, there was no convincing needed. I was going to stay at Celtic anyway. It’s always flattering to hear other clubs are interested but I had no doubt in my mind I wanted to stay.

“The money factor is what a lot of people care about. All I was working towards was earning a new deal at Celtic. I wasn’t looking to move somewhere else.

“The club could have brought in anybody as manager and I would have stayed but after speaking to Brendan I knew something special was happening.

“The way he spoke to me for 10 minutes after the first day at training was brilliant. That has continued all year.”

Tierney has enjoyed a superb campaign with the impressive left-back helping Celtic stay on course to securing an historic treble following an unbeaten league season [the Scottish ‘Invincibles’ don’t have a patch on our Invincibles].

The Scotland international could have been viewed as a potential replacement for Kieran Gibbs as he’s being tipped to leave Arsenal in search of regular football.

However, it looks like Tierney is set to remain with Celtic and recent reports have suggested Wenger is close to capturing Sead Kolasinac on a free transfer from Schalke.


  1. james waddell

    May 23, 2017 at 1:58 pm

    Guys if you ever did get Teirney it would have to be for at least 30 million. i would cry my eyes out if he had to leave Celtic. he honestly is a true Celtic fan and will stay for another four years at least. he will only be 23/24 years old then so if he leaves then it will be with every Celtic fans blessing. he is far too good for ourleague just now so think what he will be like when he is 23. Anyway isnt it amazing to see a player want to stay and play for his boyhood heros nowadays…..and on the invincibles thing. if we win the Scottish cup final at the weekend we will be the first team ever in the historyof scottish football to have gone through a whole domestic campaign undefeated. we have won the League, league cup, Glasgow cup and at the weekend hopefully the Scottish cup. now for any league in the world, no matter what anyone thinks of the standard of our league, you have got to give the bhoys credit. it has never been done before….i mean in 1898 Celtic went through an 18 game league undefeated then rangers did the same the next year but the didnt win the domestic cups also…..another thing . when pep gaurdiolas man city were on a ten game winning run at the start ofthis season. who was it that stopped it.yes correct it was Celticin the champions league then spurs the following week. all im trying to say is it is easy to sit in england and slag off the scottish game….have a nice day my freinds

  2. Derek

    May 23, 2017 at 2:01 pm

    Tierney is well on his way to becoming a world class fullback. He’s been a stand it in the champions league, but he’s only 19, and a Celtic fan, so he won’t be going anywhere for a few years yet.
    As for 10m, double it before even considering opening negotiations. Dross in the EPL starts at 15/20m, so quality in Scotland is going to be valued correctly.
    Celtic don’t need to offload players, and if the players happy to stay, the value will be representative
    of his ability, not the rest of the league.

  3. Tom

    May 23, 2017 at 2:13 pm

    It seems that Kieran has politely turned down an invitation to join Arsenal. Politely turning down an invitation to join another club is not a snub.

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