Chris Sutton adamant that Celtic do not accept an ‘insulting’ bid for defender

By John Reid

June 29, 2019

Chris Sutton is adamant that Celtic do not accept any ‘insulting’ bids for in-demand Hoops left-back Kieran Tierney.

Arsenal reportedly had a second bid of £17.5 million for the player rejected by the Scottish champions. The former Celtic striker has insisted that if Tierney is sold it must be for a respectable price.

Transfer game has changed

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Sutton thinks that the game has changed following left-back Aaron Wan-Bissaka’s £50 million move from Crystal Palace to Manchester United, and that any potential deal for Tierney should reflect that.

Sutton also believes that Celtic should have got more money when they sold Virgil Van Dijk to Southampton, and they can’t make that mistake again.

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“The meet in the middle”

“Arsenal think they can get Tierney for around £20 million. Wan-Bissaka has gone for £50 million. That means the meet in the middle figure should be at the £35 million mark” he said, as reported by the Daily Record.

“And, if Celtic accept anything significantly less than that for Tierney during this transfer window, then they have been insulted again just as they were over the sale of van Dijk.”

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The chances of Celtic getting £35 million for Tierney would have to be considered slim to none. Yes, he probably would go for that amount if he played in England. But he doesn’t, and the standard of football in Scotland is inferior to that in England.

Sutton is correct about Celtic getting the best deal available for Tierney though. Unless any potential deal is to Celtic’s liking, they shouldn’t even contemplate accepting any bids for the player.