That’s according to football consultant Ian McGarry, who admits Tierney and his representatives should question whether both the Gunners and United are going in the right direction for his career to progress.
It is believed the Scottish champions are not prepared to accept anything below £25m for Tierney, who still has four years to run on a six-year deal signed in 2017.
And with the Gunners’ swoop for Tierney seemingly stalling, McGarry has tipped United to go after the left-back in the summer window.
“If it were me and I was Tierney or his representatives or indeed his family, who I know have a big influence on his career, the one question I would ask is: is Arsenal the right club? Are they going in the right direction for Tierney’s career to progress?” he said on The Transfer Window podcast.
“One advantage would be almost definite game time, because they are struggling at left-back.
“But a disadvantage would be no Champions League and also a budget which is limited, which will limit Arsenal’s ability to recruit quality players to make them credible contenders for the Premier League title, if not the Europa League as well.
“So I think it’s a difficult one to call, whereas obviously if it were a Liverpool or Manchester City then it would be a no brainer for Tierney. And they are not clubs that are interested.
“Manchester United are looking at left-back as well. Maybe they could be a possibility for him”
“But again, Manchester United are looking at left-back as well. Maybe they could be a possibility for him.
“Again though, the questions would be the same as Arsenal. How able are they to compete and what would be my situation with regards to bettering my career in terms of trophies and developing my career?”
Tierney has made 170 appearances for Celtic since being promoted from their academy in 2015.
The Scotland international is a boyhood Hoops fan, signing for his favourite club at the age of seven, and journalist Duncan Castles has labelled his loyalty to them as ‘unusual’ in modern football.
“Generally, if you have a footballer of his ability at a club with financial weaknesses essentially on a global level, which Celtic are, albeit they’re winning trophy after trophy in Scotland, they are a club that the bigger clubs will pick off their best talent from,” he said.
“Normally in that situation, the player will agitate for a move or help facilitate a move, encourage clubs to make bids.
“I think Tierney’s representatives will have been in that situation and encouraging bids, but it seems from everything you hear about Kieran Tierney, he has been the resistance point. He’s the one as Celtic fan and an extremely loyal and dedicated Celtic fan who’s been saying ‘no, I want to stay where I am and I’m quite happy to be here for longer’.
“And that in modern football is definitely unusual. You don’t see that very often and I think if it happens this summer, Celtic will take the biggest role in making it happen.”
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