Charlie Nicholas reckons that the £25million Arsenal have shelled out for Kieran Tierney does not represent value for money.
The former Celtic and Arsenal player, who claims he supports both clubs, reckons that the Hoops have got the better end of the bargain in the 22-year-old’s move south.
Speaking to Sky Sports News (8th August) he said: “Tierney has improved a lot. I know under Ronny Deila and Neil Lennon before that, but especially Brendan Rodgers.
“My honest opinion is that it’s quite a high price. I think Celtic have got very good value in £25million. People might say that he’s worth £40million because Wan-Bissaka went to Manchester United.
“I think the time is right for him to move on. Celtic fans might ask why does he not stay for nine-in-a-row. That’s not guaranteed. Ten-in-a-row is not guaranteed.”
Nicholas is very out of touch when it comes to Tierney
Charlie Nicholas’ opinion may be valid in places down south but up in Scotland it is not really relevant at all. The 57-year-old seems remarkably ignorant and ill-informed on the subject of Tierney and comes across badly as a result.
First of all, the Scotland international defender didn’t develop under Neil Lennon in his first spell. It was in fact under Ronny Deila that he got his big break, before continuing to improve when Brendan Rodgers joined the club.
Nicholas is of course entitled to his opinion but it is strange that he doesn’t think one of the brightest talents Scotland has produced in decades in worth £25million. The fee is a pretty mediocre amount in England nowadays and Tierney is worth every penny.
Sky Sports pundit Nicholas seems inclined to talk down the Scottish game at every opportunity because his wages are paid down south now. It’s a bizarre stance to take but hardly surprising given some comments he’s made in recent years.
Celtic fans should rest easy in the knowledge that their club have got a fair deal for one of their most prized assets.