Neil Lennon makes contradictory Kieran Tierney comments
The latest comments made by Neil Lennon on Kieran Tierney may leave some Celtic fans feeling a little confused.
The Scotland international has been the subject of genuine interest from Arsenal pretty much since this summer’s transfer window opened. The London side have had a couple of bids rejected in the past fortnight with some reports suggesting they had a third offer rebuffed on Monday.
Lennon, who has been fielding questions on the left-back since he was appointed manager in May, says that he thinks the saga may be coming to a close.
“The deal, as far as I’m aware, is not happening”, he told the Daily Record. “We are delighted about that and it’s just a question of appeasing his mind now.
“As far as I am aware, it is finished. I don’t know if Arsenal are going to meet our valuation. So it is basically as you were.
“That may be difficult for Kieran to get his head around – or he comes back to the fold and gets on with things.
“I’ll have to speak to him and I’m sure the club will as well. But it may rumble on as well, I don’t know.
“Until the window closes, we can’t relax and I’m sure Kieran can’t either.”
So the Northern Irishman seems pretty certain that Tierney won’t be leaving.
However, earlier on in the day he gave a different answer to the same question.
“It’s as you were really”, he told STV. “I’ve had no information other than there were two bids that came in from Arsenal that were rejected.
“There has been no further inroads into that really.”
Lennon doesn’t really know about Tierney
So Lennon’s answers do seem to differ greatly there. The two interviews for broadcast and print will have been done within an hour of each other so surely a great deal can’t have changed in that time?
The truth is that Celtic are still in a fight to keep their homegrown talent. If Arsenal want Tierney and they’re prepared to offer an acceptable fee then we’ll have no option but to let him go.
Otherwise it looks like he’ll stay. But if the David Turnbull saga taught us anything this summer, it’s that strange things can happen during the transfer window.
Celtic fans will be counting down the days until the market slams shut.