Celtic will be hoping to bring in some talented recruits this summer, but it appears that they may also be in danger of losing one of their most important players.
Kieran Tierney has enjoyed a remarkable spell of form over the past couple of seasons for The Hoops, establishing himself as a vital cog in both the Celtic and Scotland teams.
His rise has attracted some interest from down south, with Arsenal the most strongly linked. There have also been rumours that Napoli are interested in the player, although it appears The Gunners have stolen a march on the competition.
The Scottish Sun are reporting that Arsenal have placed an opening bid of £15million for the player, which was immediately rejected by Celtic. It is believed the Scottish club are holding out for a fee of around £25million.
BBC Sport correspondent, and trusted Arsenal source, David Ornstein confirmed that Arsenal have had a bid rejected for the player. However, he also claims that there remains a sense of optimism at the club that a deal will be done.
As reported elsewhere Arsenal have had an opening bid of £15m for Celtic left-back Kieran Tierney rejected - but there is optimism an agreement will be reached between the clubs, while personal terms for the 22-year-old Scotland international shouldn’t be a problem #AFC #CelticFC
— David Ornstein (@David_Ornstein) June 22, 2019
Arsenal are badly in need of defensive reinforcements this summer, with their defence being laughably bad at times last season. Left back seems a particular area of concern, with Sead Kolašinac failing to make much of an impact since his arrival at the club.
Tierney would certainly solve that problem, and would have no issues adjusting to the higher pace of the Premier League.
While Celtic would no doubt like to hang onto the player, there will come a time when the money on offer is too appealing to turn down. Should the player move to The Emirates, one would hope that Neil Lennon will be given the opportunity to reinvest the money into the squad.