Our View: Celtic must demand more for stars after Henry Winter's "snip" comment

By Hamish Carton

July 16, 2020

Big-name English football writer Henry Winter says former Celtic star Kieran Tierney was “a snip” at £25million.

That’s the fee Arsenal paid for the Hoops youth academy graduate (BBC) when he swapped Celtic Park for the Emirates last summer.

Life hasn’t always been easy for the full-back in London. Tierney has had to overcome a number of injuries, including a blow to his shoulder that kept him out between December and March.

But Tierney has found his feet since the restart and was recently named the Gunners’ Player of the Month for June.

Another impressive showing, against Virgil Van Dijk’s Liverpool on Wednesday, saw Times Chief Football Writer Winter commenting on the Scotland international yet again.

Winter tweeted that the “superb” Tierney is now “looking a snip at £25million”.

And those words should be heard loud and clear at Celtic Park. £25million. A snip.

Lennon proven correct with Tierney valuation

When Tierney departed for pastures new last August, most felt that £25million was a fair valuation.

Hoops boss Neil Lennon reckoned Tierney was worth more than fellow full-back Aaron Wan-Bissaka who had joined Manchester United for £50million from Crystal Palace earlier that summer.

Celtic manager Neil Lennon (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)

Lennon said: “We can’t do anything about what clubs do in England.

“£50m for Wan-Bissaka is a lot of money and we feel that Kieran is a far more experienced and rounded full-back at this juncture in his career.” (Metro, July 2019)

Many would laugh out loud at the idea of Celtic demanding £50million for a first-team player playing in Scotland.

But the truth is that we’ve now earned enough credibility to demand far higher fees for our top stars.

Arguably our two best players last decade, Virgil Van Dijk and Victor Wanyama, both moved to Southampton before going on to play at even bigger English clubs.

Moussa Dembele will now be worth far more than the £19.7million (BBC) that Lyon shelled out for him in 2018, while Stuart Armstrong has also proven to be a really good signing for Southampton.

Southampton’s Stuart Armstrong (Photo by CLIVE BRUNSKILL/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

Every Celtic fan knows the likes of Odsonne Edouard, Callum McGregor and Ryan Christie would go on to a higher level should they leave us.

It’s no surprise to us to see players do so well once they depart. It’s no longer a surprise to the buying team either, nor journalists like Winter.

It’s time for Celtic to raise their valuations even further. We’ve earned the right to do that.