James McFadden has doubts over Kieran Tierney's potential Arsenal move

By Hamish Carton

June 25, 2019

Former Scotland favourite James McFadden says it would take “something phenomenal” for both Celtic and Kieran Tierney to agree to a transfer this summer. The 22-year-old has already been subject to one failed bid from Arsenal, with the London side expected to return with a larger offer in the coming days.

There seems to be a feeling of inevitability about Tierney’s departure from the Scottish champions. However McFadden isn’t as convinced as others.

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The Tartan Army favourite spoke to BBC Sportsound (23/06/2019) about the move.

He said: “Kieran Tierney is Celtic daft, so it’ll take something phenomenal for him to consider it, and also for Celtic to consider it.

“I think it would need to take someone who’s going to compete for a title in England or go and try to win the Champions League for Kieran Tierney to leave, because he’s winning trophies, he’s playing in Europe, he’s playing for the club he loves.

“I think it would have to be something really special, and Arsenal at the minute won’t challenge for the title.”

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Arsenal are a big draw

It would be fascinating to find out where Tierney’s head is at right now. The Scotland international loves everything about playing for Celtic. From his relationship with the supporters, to winning trophies and European nights – Tierney relishes it all.

However, there must be part of him peering over the fence at the English Premier League and wanting in on the action. He must look at how the likes of Andy Robertson and Ryan Fraser have come on since moving down south and think that he could do similar.

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Arsenal are no small fish either. He wouldn’t be moving to a bottom half side or one who would be fighting against relegation. The Gunners may only have won one trophy in the last four seasons but they were in a European final last month.

They have trophy expectations most seasons and are not too dissimilar from Celtic in that regard. Tierney would flourish with the north London outfit but it remains to be seen whether that will be next season or further down the line.