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Arsenal sent Kieran Tierney warning by Celtic legend Charlie Nicholas

Arsenal and Celtic legend Charlie Nicholas thinks Kieran Tierney needs to improve defensively

Arsenal and Celtic legend Charlie Nicholas thinks Kieran Tierney needs to improve defensively (Pic: GETTY)

That’s according to former Celtic and Gunners forward Charlie Nicholas, who believes the Hoops left-back ‘has got a lot to learn defensively’.

Tierney, 22, is being heavily linked with a move to the Emirates this summer as Unai Emery looks to strengthen his Arsenal backline.

Reports suggest the north London club have already seen bids of £15m and £18m rejected for the player, but it is believed they remain confident of securing his signature this summer.

Nicholas thinks a deal worth £20m would make sense for both parties, pointing out how the Scottish outfit sold Liverpool ace Virgil van Dijk for a mere £12m, yet he has also warned Gunners fans that there are question marks over Tierney’s ‘defensive frailties’.

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“I’ve read so many different stories the last few days about how they’ve put a value on him, but the fact is that Kieran Tierney plays in Scotland and that’s where the value of the market is,” he said on Sky Sports’ Transfer Talk podcast.

“I mean, they sold Van Dijk for £12m. So is he a better defender than Van Dijk? No. Is £15m reasonable? I would say that Celtic in the current market could probably get £20m.

“So my pitch would be £20m is a cracking deal for Celtic and it’s also a very good deal for Arsenal. That’s where I see the value.

“People can look and judge in different positions and requirements, and of course I’ve been probably more vocal than anybody else about the need for a whole new back four for Arsenal, but in value terms I find it difficult to break down.

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Celtic left-back Kieran Tierney has been linked with a summer move to Arsenal

Celtic left-back Kieran Tierney has been linked with a summer move to Arsenal (Pic: GETTY)

Tierney 'has got a lot to learn defensively', says Nicholas

Tierney ‘has got a lot to learn defensively’, says Nicholas (Pic: GETTY)

“Kieran Tierney is a fabulous footballer, but he’s got a lot to learn defensively”

Charlie Nicholas

“The reason is; he plays in Scotland, he gets 85 per cent possession at his football club in Glasgow Celtic, but when they go to Europe the team gets found wanting a little bit.

“Kieran Tierney is a fabulous footballer, but he’s got a lot to learn defensively. That’s the issue in value.

“So I think if Celtic get £20m they’ll take it, and I think Arsenal will be relatively pleased with that.

“I thought Kieran Tierney would want to stay at Celtic. He’s a die-hard Celtic fan, they’ve got eight in a row wrapped up, they want to go and do nine, and I thought if Kieran really wanted it, if he does nine then he’ll want to do 10 and get in the history books.

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Nicholas thinks Tierney is the best Celtic full-back since Danny McGrain

Nicholas thinks Tierney is the best Celtic full-back since Danny McGrain (Pic: GETTY)

“But the stories I’m hearing here in Glasgow is that he might be keen to move on to the bigger league. That’s really what it’s about, a bigger league.

“Will it make him a better player? Probably.

“There is a question mark about his defensive frailties. But then again, he would be an improvement for Arsenal – there’s no doubt in my mind about that.

“He’s power. He’s got a lot of power. The greatest Celtic full-back I ever came across was Danny McGrain and he’s the closest we’ve ever had to him. Danny could play right-back and left-back, but Kieran is just one-footed, his left foot. He’s got real power, real pace going forward.

“And of course in Glasgow, in Scotland, in the SPFL, that’s domination. His final ball could be a bit better, but I think it has improved.”

Original article: https://www.dailystar.co.uk/sport/football/788540/Arsenal-Kieran-Tierney-transfer-latest-Celtic-Charlie-Nicholas-Premier-League-SPFL

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