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Kieran Tierney Warned Over Arsenal Move By Celtic And Ireland Legend

Kieran Tierney Warned Over Arsenal Move By Celtic And Ireland Legend

Former Republic of Ireland goalkeeper Packie Bonner has questioned whether or not Arsenal are a big enough club for Celtic defender Kieran Tierney.

The Premier League side reportedly had a bid of £15m rejected for the Scottish left-back over the weekend and are expected to come back with increased offer for his services as they look to find a long-term option for the left side of their defence.

But Bonner says he is unsure whether or not an organisation of Arsenal's stature is a big enough club for Tierney after the Gunners missed out on Champions League football for the third season in a row.

Speaking to the BBC, Bonner - who made 642 appearances for Celtic during a playing career which saw him represent Ireland at two World Cups - said that Tierney's value would be doubled if he played for an English club instead of in Scotland.

"If Kieran was playing in England, he'd probably be worth about £50m. But because it's Scotland, I would think £25m would be a price you'd start talking about, with add-ons.

"He's got the ability to go into a club like Arsenal. Whether Arsenal is a big enough club for Kieran Tierney, that's the question.

"If you were picking out a player in British football at the moment that can play left-back, himself and [Liverpool's Scotland captain] Andy Robertson are the best two in Britain, if not Europe."

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Arsenal are expected to return with a bid of around £25m for Kieran Tierney this week, though it still remains to be seen whether or not that will be enough to tempt Celtic into parting with the 22-year-old.

Tierney's current deal at Cetlic Park runs until 2023 and could yet be convinced to stay with his boyhood club.

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