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Arsenal's Bid For Celtic Defender Kieran Tierney Labelled 'Embarrassing'

Arsenal's Bid For Celtic Defender Kieran Tierney Labelled 'Embarrassing'

Arsenal's opening bid for Celtic left-back Kieran Tierney has been branded "embarrassing" by former Gunners' striker John Hartson.

Widespread reports say the North London outfit tabled a £15 million offer that included one of Carl Jenkinson, Jordi Osei-Tutu, Emile Smith Rowe and Eddie Nketiah moving in the opposite direction.

However, Celtic have turned down the proposal as they are believed to be looking for closer to £25 million for the three-time Scottish PFA Young Player of the Year.

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And Hartson, who scored over 100 goals in five years at Celtic, took to Twitter to air his thoughts.

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With Nacho Monreal not getting any younger, Unai Emery wants a new left-back and has identifIed Tierney as his prime target.

And despite the first bid getting knocked back, David Ornstein of BBC Sport says a deal could well be struck and that there wouldn't be much difficulty negotiating with the player himself.

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Tierney has been with his boyhood club since the age of seven and made his debut against Dundee in 2015. He's since gone on to make a further 169 appearances for the Bhoys, scoring nine goals and winning ten trophies - including three consecutive trebles.

A high-profile move is surely around the corner for the Scotland international and Arsenal would appear to be a good fit if a deal can be thrashed out.

Topics: Football News, Celtic, Unai Emery, Football, Scottish Football, Kieran Tierney, Premier League, Arsenal, SPFL, Scotland

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