Charlie Nicholas has told the Daily Express that Arsenal must spend half of their £40million transfer budget this summer on Celtic left-back Kieran Tierney, and has urged the defender to leave Parkhead this summer.
Tierney, 22, has long been linked with a move down south and it seems as though Arsenal are keen to give him that opportunity this summer. The Gunners have initially had an offer of £15million rejected.
The Express claimed earlier this week that a second offer of £18million had also been turned down by the Scottish champions, and Nicholas has urged the north London club to up their offer by another £2million.
Former Celtic and Arsenal man Nicholas has claimed that he has heard talk that Tierney wants to move to the Premier League, and claimed pulling on an Arsenal jersey – instead of a Celtic one – will make him a better player.
“The stories I’m hearing here in Glasgow is that he might be keen to move on to the bigger league, if that’s really what it’s about, the bigger league,” Nicholas said. “Would that make him a better player? Probably.
“Kieran Tierney is a fabulous footballer. But he’s got a lot to learn defensively and that’s the issue in value. So I think if Celtic got £20m they would take it.”
TBR’s view – Celtic or Arsenal for Tierney?
Despite his tender age, Tierney has already won 11 trophies with Celtic and clocked up an enormous 170 appearances for the club he has supported and played for since he was eight years old.
The decision that Tierney must make is this. Does he remain at Celtic for two more seasons and complete 10 in a row, or does he move south now to a huge club like Arsenal, knowing that the opportunity may not arise again?
It is a big question and only one Tierney could answer. For the good of his career, Arsenal is the right move. But for the boyhood Celtic fan, Tierney has a an enormously difficult decision to make.