Former Celtic defender Kieran Tierney has been in the news this week, as he disclosed that he has not yet returned to Celtic Park since completing his £25million pound move to Arsenal last summer.

Whilst appearing on Open Goal, Tierney said that he would be ‘scared’ to return to the club, as he got some criticism from a minority of Celtic fans for leaving the club.

Now Celtic boss Neil Lennon has had his say on the matter. As reported by the Celtic Twitter account on Friday, Lennon said that Tierney was more than welcome to return to the club.

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We don’t want him feeling uncomfortable coming back because he’s more than welcome here, that’s for sure” he said.

It is heartening to see the Hoops boss back one of his former player. And so he should. After all, Tierney was a very important player for Celtic in his time at the club.

Helped Hoops win a host of trophies

He helped the Hoops win a host of trophies, and gave his all for the club when he played.

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Former Celtic hero Kieran Tierney

Former Celtic hero Kieran Tierney / (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

Celtic should be looking to complete more transfers like Tierney’s in the future. Bring a player through the ranks and then sell him for big money. That is what the Hoops must do, and Tierney does not deserve any criticism for leaving.

As Lennon says, he is more than welcome to make a return to the club, and hopefully can do so before the end of the season.


Lennon’s comments on Tierney caught the attention of some Celtic fans on social media. Happily, most fans agreed with the manager’s comments.

“Good comment”

One supporter said that it was a ‘good comment’ from the Hoops boss. Another said that Tierney is ‘absolutely welcome’ to return to Celtic Park.

Neil Lennon

Celtic manager Neil Lennon / (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Here are some of the best comments from Twitter regarding Neil Lennon’s backing of Tierney and Tierney’s return to Celtic:

In other news, Neil Lennon won’t send Leigh Griffiths out on loan.

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