Celtic legend John Hartson believes the club would’ve been entitled to hold out for £30million for Kieran Tierney.
The Scotland international left the Hoops for a record-breaking £25m in the closing days of the English transfer window (BBC). His move to Arsenal broke new ground for Celtic, as we managed to sell a player directly to a Premier League big-hitter for the first time in the Premier League era.
There has been much debate about Tierney’s true value of course. With so much potential in him, it’s a popular opinion that Celtic could’ve banked more. But, at the end of the day, the record-breaking fee was huge for the club.
Speaking in the Daily Record, however, the iconic Hartson believes Celtic would’ve been within their rights to look for at least £30m.
“Arsenal probably got him on the cheap if you look at the fact Manchester United paid £50m for Aaron Wan-Bissaka. Also, average players are going for £30m or £40m and Kieran is certainly not average.
“Celtic could have held out for another £5m or so but it is still good money they have banked, especially due to the fact he has come through the ranks and hasn’t cost the club a penny.
“He (Tierney) made his second start on Thursday in a team that is trying to do something. I think Emery is trying to build something special.”
We have to be realistic about how England views us
Celtic have most certainly gotten more stubborn over their player valuations this summer. As well as managing to ride up a £25m valuation for Tierney, there were other promising moments during the window that showed Celtic’s strength.
A hands-off warning to Leicester City for Callum McGregor was apparently dished out (Daily Record). Meanwhile, Celtic weren’t looking to sell Olivier Ntcham on the cheap either if reports were to be believed (France Football).
Sure, Hartson is absolutely right. Tierney is worth a lot more than £25m. But we have to be realistic in how England views us as a footballing nation. It’s with contempt.
We’re getting there, however. Celtic are managing to drum up heavier valuations for their star-men as the years go on. Someone may very well have come in with £30m or over for Tierney. But at the end of the day, £25m is huge for our football club.
If Tierney becomes a star in London, it’ll benefit us hugely. No longer will clubs view our players as second-rate down south. The proof will be in the pudding if Tierney becomes an instant hit. In the future, that could lead to higher bids for our key men.
But everyone accepts the Tierney deal was best for all parties. Arsenal get a fine footballer, Celtic get a massive stack of cash, and Tierney gets the chance to prove himself in the world’s most popular league.