Neil Lennon insists Celtic are in a ‘strong position’ and will not be ‘pushed over’ by Arsenal in their pursuit of Kieran Tierney.
The Gunners have pursued the Scotland international all summer, having a second bid of £25million rejected on Monday.
With the financial restrictions in place surrounding the north London outfit, it seems as though Arsenal have tried to structure the deal to their advantage.
But with Manchester United signing Aaron Wan-Bissaka for £50m this summer already, Lennon maintains the Bhoys will not be allowing a ‘far more rounded full-back’ to leave on the cheap.
“We can’t do anything about what clubs do in England,” he said.
“£50m for Wan-Bissaka is a lot of money and we feel that Kieran is a far more experienced and rounded full-back at this juncture in his career.
“He’s an asset for us and we do have a value for the player and we rate the player very highly.
“So disrespectful is the wrong word but we’re certainly not going to be pushed over in any negotiations and we’re in a very strong position with regards to a number of our assets in the team.
“The club’s valuation of Kieran has not been met and until then we don’t have a discussion.”
Tierney is recovering from a summer hernia operation, with Lennon saying the defender is ‘a few weeks away’ from joining the rest of the squad for training.
“He’s a great player, a great talent,” added Lennon. “At 22, he’s already achieved a hell of a lot and he has so much more to give to the game.
“He’s our player. He’s on a long-term contract. While it’s a backhanded compliment for all the hard work people here have done over the years with Kieran, we don’t want him to go.
“Some of the players who have left here in the last few years have gone on to do all right in the English Premier League. We think we know what we’re doing in terms of developing players.
“But we don’t want them in the Premier League; we want them here with us playing in the Champions League.”
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