Celtic FC has added onto their whopping total of 50 Scottish League Championship wins most recently in 2018–19, which was their eighth consecutive championship. They have now won the Scottish Cup 39 times and the Scottish League Cup 18 times and managed to emerge victorious especially in the long-standing fierce rivalry they have with Rangers.
After such a success comes a long well deserved break. Celtics stats were fantastic this season with two of their strikers appearing in the Scottish premiership’s most valuable goal scorers list in: Edouard with 13 goals and Rogic with 3 goals. Now, summer time has arrived which also means transfer time.
Arsenal are in talks with Celtic to sign Scotland defender Kieran Tierney. The Premier League club had a £15m bid rejected by the Scottish champions but are expected to return with an improved offer for the 22-year-old. Although, Tierney hasn’t played regularly due to a hernia problem and is currently recuperating from surgery.
Is Arsenal a good fit for Kieran? Former Celtic goalkeeper Pat Bonner has questioned whether Arsenal is “a big enough club” for Kieran Tierney after the Premier League side had a £15m bid for the Parkhead defender rejected. Former Everton and Scotland striker James McFadder claims that the bid is nowhere near the actual worth of Tierney. And Bonner believes a fee of “around £25m, with add-ons” would be “a price you’d start talking about”.
“He’s got the ability to go into a club like Arsenal. Whether Arsenal is a big enough club for Kieran Tierney, that’s the question”. There is optimism that an agreement will be reached between the two clubs, and personal terms are not expected to be a stumbling block.
However, certain speculation suggests otherwise. Although the left-back has reportedly told the club that he wants the Celtic move to Arsenal he’s been linked with, Celtic may be unwilling to let Tierney go on the cheap, as they could have gained a lot more money from the sale of Van Dijk in 2015.
According to Talksport’s David Connelly, The Hoops let van Dijk move to Southampton for around £13m four years ago. But the Dutch defender’s value increased more than five times to £75m when he moved to Liverpool last year. Celtic will be keen to avoid a similar situation, which may force Arsenal to increase their bid for Tierney, he said. And apparently, Celtic want £25m for their prized asset.
It’s believed that an offer of around £25m would be enough to see the deal progress as they don’t want to repeat the same monetary mistakes they made when letting van Dijk go, who is now supposedly the world’s best defender with a value of £75m. Connolly expects Arsenal to come back with a higher offer, after starting the bid low to test the water.