Lennon stands firm in Tierney battle

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Celtic boss Neil Lennon has warned Arsenal that the Scottish giants are not going to back down during negotiations over Kieran Tierney.

Celtic boss Neil Lennon has warned Arsenal that the Scottish giants are not going to back down during negotiations over Kieran Tierney.

The Gunners have now had two bids rejected for Tierney, with the Hoops reportedly wanting over £25million for his services.

Celtic have previously sold Moussa Dembele and Virgil Van Dijk in the past with both players going on to increase their transfer value at new clubs.

Lennon is eager for Celtic not to be bullied during talks regarding Tierney and is adamant the Scotland defender will not be leaving on the cheap.

He told reporters: ‘I don’t know what Arsenal’s financial state is, I know what ours is and we are quite comfortable with the situation at the moment.

‘There has been a second bid, the bid has been rejected, and it’s as you were.

‘Whether they come in again or not, I can’t answer that.

He’s a great player and a great talent and at 22 he has already achieved a hell of a lot in his career and has so much more to give to the game.

‘It doesn’t surprise me there are potential suitors out there for a player of his quality but he’s our player, he’s on a long-term contract and – while it’s a back-handed compliment for all the work people have done here over the years with Kieran – we don’t want him to go.’

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