Celtic boss Neil Lennon may be regretting some comments he made about Kieran Tierney prior to the 22-year-old’s move to Arsenal this summer.
The full-back switched Glasgow for London in a record-breaking £25million deal a fortnight ago. Since then, Celtic have made no moves to replace the Scotland international although there have been murmurings about a number of players.
Brentford’s Rico Henry, Kilmarnock’s Greg Taylor and Rosenborg’s Birger Meling have all been touted for a move to Scotland but nothing has materialised on any front.
And after insisting the club had plans in place for any Tierney departure, Lennon must surely be regretting those comments.
On July 26th, he told the BBC: “We obviously have worked out other options if that worst-case scenario were to happen.”
Lennon should have stayed quiet about a Tierney replacement
Lennon has failed to deliver on a number of his promises so far this season. However, the Tierney let-down may be the most galling error of the lot.
Celtic fans didn’t want to lose their favourite son but they would have understood if the club had secured a good fee for his services and also replaced him efficiently with quality.
The Tierney saga was drawn out for a number of weeks so surely the club must have had a pretty good idea that he would depart at some stage. A list of ideal replacements should have been drawn up and we should have gone after our top target the minute Tierney moved on.
The fact we’re still scurrying around trying to find a new left-back with such big games on the horizon is nothing short of a scandal. Whoever we sign now will be underwhelming simply due to the amount of time it has taken.
Perhaps Lennon should check what’s actually going on at the club before the opens his mouth.