Neil Lennon confident over Tierney and absolves Arsenal of disrespect

Date published: Tuesday 23rd July 2019 2:35 - Matthew Briggs

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Neil Lennon insists Celtic are in a “strong position” to retain Kieran Tierney after Arsenal were rebuffed in their pursuit of the defender.

The Gunners have definitely lodged two bids – the second worth up to £25million – for the Scotland left-back but saw both dismissed by Parkhead chiefs.

While, The Daily Record have claimed Arsenal made a third bid of £25million – the same as Arsenal offered in the second bid – but is rumoured to be weighted further in the direction of cash up front.

Reports say the Premier League big guns are now ready to turn their attention elsewhere, and Lennon hopes that will be the end of the matter.

The Hoops boss said: “It’s as you were really. I’ve had no information other than there was two bids that came in from Arsenal that were rejected.

“There has been no further inroads into that really. Our valuation of Kieran wasn’t met and it’s as simple as that. You will see other transfers not going through because valuations haven’t been met. It’s not a case of Arsenal being disrespectful.

“They put a bid in that they valued the player at. They came back again and obviously see Kieran as a very good player, as we do. But on a long-term contract we’re in a very strong position when it comes to Kieran.”

Lennon also confirmed a deal for Hapoel Be’er Sheva defender Hatem Abd Elhamed is nearing completion, meaning a planned trial for former Leicester right-back Danny Simpson has been shelved.

“A fee for Hatem has been agreed,” said the Northern Irishman. “Hopefully it goes through soon. It’s subject to a work permit, visa application and medical and that’s ongoing at the minute.

“He’s strong defensively, comfortable on the ball and is very quick. I think we’re getting a good player who’s hungry and even though people look at his age, he’s a fresh 28. We’ve been very impressed with what we’ve seen from him.

“On Danny, we were down the line with Hatem and one or two other options so we just felt it would be futile to bring Danny in if he sees us bringing in other players in his specialised position.”


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