Neil Lennon has told Arsenal or any other club interested in Kieran Tierney they’ll have to stump up to meet the club’s valuation.
The Celtic boss says the club have no need to sell anyone, saying holding firm ‘shows the financial position the club are in’.
Speaking to the media ahead of tonight’s clash with Nomme Kalju, Lennon said it’s ‘as you were’ with Arsenal apparently still in the hunt for the player.
Revealing he plans a sit-down with Tierney over the potentially unsettling effect of the speculation, Lennon says he’s surprised but delighted, it’s only the London club who have backed up their interest with a bid.
He said: “I’m surprised it’s only been one club in for him but there you go. I’m glad that’s the case. Napoli is all speculation at the minute.
“I have no confirmation of interest from them whatsoever.”
Lennon said: “We’re in a healthy position if you want to call it that.
“Our valuation hasn’t been met, it’s as simple as that.”
Emphasizing he was speaking hypothetically, Lennon said it would be a ‘huge wrench’ for Tierney to leave the club and says he would have raised the price even further if he’d been consulted about it.
He said: ” Me, personally? I would’ve held out for more – £25million is a big fee for a Scottish club, not a big fee for an English club. But we are not in that market.”
Lennon said the club had ‘no intention’ of selling their prized asset, he said: “Leaving would be a huge wrench for him personally.
“Everyone knows what the club means to him and what he means to the support and the people in the building, so thankfully we’re not at that juncture yet.”