Darren Bent has claimed Kieran Tierney is “desperate” to quit Celtic and complete a move to Arsenal by the transfer cut-off next week.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the newly-retired former England striker insisted the left-back will be pushing hard behind the scenes to get his dream Premier League move.

Football Insider revealed at the start of this week that Tierney is close to joining Arsenal in a deal worth nearly £45million in fee and wages.

Extensive talks have been held over a transfer, with a new bid of £25million imminent, and the left-back has agreed personal terms that will triple his wages to £75,000-a-week.

“He’s desperate to leave Celtic and join Arsenal in the Premier League, I’m sure of that,” Bent told Football Insider. “At the moment, it looks like it might be up in the air as Celtic want more money up front and Arsenal are reluctant to pay it.

“You can’t blame Tierney for wanting to join Arsenal. Celtic are a massive club but he has won everything there and proved himself in the SPL. He will want to show he can do it in the world’s biggest league, and at a higher level.”

Celtic have previously rejected the various offers tabled deal by Arsenal, who had wanted to split the cash across instalments to lower their initial outlay.

Arsenal manager Unai Emery regards Tierney as a potentially outstanding left-back capable of also moving forward into a wing-back role.

In other Celtic news, it can be REVEALED that the club submitted £3.1million offer to seal signing of Premier League winner.