Celtic must shop again following Kieran Tierney news

By Hamish Carton

August 7, 2019

It looks like Kieran Tierney is about to leave Celtic for Arsenal.

A number of outlets, including the BBC, are reporting that Celtic have accepted a £25million bid for the full-back. He will now travel down south to finalise a deal with the Gunners, with personal terms not expected to be an issue.

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The Scottish Sun report that Tierney will earn around £75,000 per week at the Emirates. They also say that Celtic have secured a bumper sell-on clause in the deal.

The Premier League window slams shut at 5pm on Thursday evening. Thankfully, Celtic have over three weeks to find a replacement. And find a replacement they must.

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Celtic must use the Tierney money wisely

Recent signing Boli Bolingoli-Mbombo has made a slow start to life in Glasgow. While nobody wants to write him off so early, it’s also clear that he has some real deficiencies that can be exploited in Europe.

The 24-year-old was at fault for Cluj’s opener in Tuesday night’s 1-1 draw in Romania. Bolingoli tried to play forward Mario Rondon offside before the 33-year-old fired the ball into the net. What was even more concerning was that the defender seemed to be outpaced by the veteran – with his speed one of the main selling points in his signing.

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The Belgian also seems very lackadaisical in possession and that must be a worry for Neil Lennon. Celtic will bank the largest fee for a Scottish player in history when Tierney finalises his deal – so it’s vital that we find an upgrade.

The Hoops are said to like Brentford left-back Rico Henry so it will be interesting to see if anything comes on that front now. One thing’s for sure – we can’t afford to go with Bolingoli as our first-choice left-back. The prospect of him and Jonny Hayes sharing the role this season is a frightening one.