Neil Lennon has given an update on Kieran Tierney’s situation, insisting Celtic have a ‘contingency plan’ should the player leave.
The Celtic boss is fighting to keep hold of Tierney, who missed a large part of last season through injury.
He said: “We obviously have worked out other options if that worst-case scenario were to happen.”
Speculation over the player’s future rumbles on, but Lennon says that Arsenal have not submitted a third bid for the left back.
He said: “It is as we were a week ago. Two bids have been in, two bids have been rejected and that’s where we are.”
“How confident am I he’ll still be a Celtic player come the end of the window?
“Well, you can never say never.
The ongoing situation has seemingly affected Tierney, with the manager saying: “It’s difficult for him to keep focused at the minute because he’s only human but we’re supporting him all we can.”
Lennon insists that Celtic will have something up their sleeves should the home-grown hero depart for north London or elsewhere, and believes that the Scottish transfer window being open longer than the one down south could work to our advantage.
As we saw with Dembele last year, however, we remain vulnerable to a raid from the continent.
With Napoli also linked with Tierney, Celtic will hopefully be better prepared for any late moves than we were last year with the Frenchman’s exit at the end of August.