Celtic manager Neil Lennon has confirmed that there’s no update to the Kieran Tierney transfer speculation.
In perhaps positive news for the Hoops support, there’s been no updated news on any prospective deal over the last few days. No new offers have been reported, and for the first time this summer, things have gone quiet on the left-back.
Tierney unfortunately missed the Champions League qualifying win against Sarajevo last night. He continues to do some rehabilitation work amongst all of the transfer speculation. It can’t be easy for him, but it appears as though he’s continuing to just get on with things.
Lennon was asked last night about a potential update on his situation. And, speaking in the Scottish Sun, the Northern Irishman confirmed there’s been no fresh movement from potential suitors.
“I have taken no notice of the headlines – I am well aware of where we are in terms of the situation. I spoke to Kieran in Austria and to be honest I haven’t really seen much of him because he came back early for rehab, so he hasn’t been on the training ground as yet.
“It can be an unsettling period for any player and that is understandable. But until a club comes up with any sort of realistic valuation of the player we don’t have to do anything and we won’t.
“It’s as you were. Kieran is getting on with his rehabilitation and we are getting on with what we have to do here.”
Kieran Tierney transfer news on the backburner
Tierney’s exclusion from proceedings last night led to a debut for Boli Bolingoli-Mbombo. It’s clear that, if Tierney was to depart, then the Belgian would be his replacement.
But there were some promising signs last night from the defender. He looked sharp enough when tracking back, and wasn’t ever caught out down the left. He also showed that he’s an extremely attack-minded full-back too. Mbombo always looked to support Mikey Johnston, and that’s going to be important if our youngster is to flourish this season.
It’s clear that Mbombo hasn’t played much, however. His touch was a bit off on the night, and his passes were at times a little heavy. But you couldn’t blame Celtic’s star-men for any dodgy moments last night. After all, the pitch at the Asim Ferhatovic-Hase stadium was a shambles.
It was a difficult contest for Mbombo to make his debut in, but he showed up well enough. Supporters will be keen for a better look at the defender in the second leg at Parkhead next Wednesday.
Hopefully, Tierney won’t have long before his return either. We could do with some real competition for the left-back slot. Given things have went quiet on the transfer front, that could be a positive sign for supporters. With Tierney, Mbombo, and Andrew Gutman all now in the squad, finally we have a genuine battle on our hands at left-back.