That’s according to football consultant Ian McGarry, who thinks Tierney will see himself as ‘not wanted or not valued enough’ by the Scottish champions because of their desire to cash in on him.
The 22-year-old has already made 170 appearances for Celtic and is now attracting attention from one of the biggest clubs in the Premier League.
Arsenal, who missed out on Champions League qualification last term, are in need of a new left-back with Nacho Monreal looking past his best and Sead Kolasinac failing to impress boss Unai Emery.
Reports suggest Celtic have set an asking price of £30m for Tierney, which the Gunners are said to be falling slightly short of.
“I think the boy’s kind of torn. He’s very much Celtic born and bread”
But McGarry believes the player’s affection for the Hoops, the club he has supported from a young age, makes it a difficult decision for him.
“I think there’s a great deal of work still to be done in terms of Arsenal meeting the valuation,” he said on The Transfer Window podcast.
“I don’t think there’s gonna be any problem whatsoever in upgrading Tierney’s contract significantly in terms of his wages.
“I think the boy’s kind of torn. He’s very much Celtic born and bread.
“He’s still young, so he can move at any point in the next two or three years should he choose to.
“But then again Celtic, they did it with Moussa Dembele, didn’t they?
“They cashed in when his value was at its highest, a record transfer fee for a player moving out of Scotland of £19.9m. Tierney is gonna go for probably £10m more than that.
“Celtic clearly want to cash in on the player, that changes the player’s mind as he sees himself as not wanted or not valued enough, and obviously they’ve already bought another left-back – Romelu Lukaku’s cousin.
“So you can see things falling into place.
“Arsenal, they clearly don’t have the financial muscle to simply say ‘we’ll get it done, we’ll pay you what you want’ in the way Manchester United are already operating in this transfer window.
“So it’s an odd one in terms of we always think of Arsenal of being one of the top-four clubs in England, but they’re operating more like top six or mid table even in the way that they’re actually pricing players and making offers for players.”
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