Date: 28th July 2019 at 6:15pm
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EXCLUSIVE

Celtic’s decision not to pursue a deal for Danny Simpson could be good news regarding the future of Kieran Tierney at Parkhead, according to Danny Mills.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former England full-back says that while the former Leicester man operates on the opposite side of the defence to the Scottish international, his arrival at Parkhead could have helped cover a potential exit for the Bhoys ace.

As exclusively revealed by Football Insider, the club were preparing to hand Simpson a trial and a contract at Parkhead before the arrival of Hatem Abd Elhamed, Lennon confirming the Israeli’s signing had put the English defender’s move on ice.

However, Mills has suggested that the decision not to move for Simpson could also play a part over Tierney’s future in Glasgow, Arsenal heavily linked with the left-back this summer.

Mills told Football Insider: “I was assuming that maybe if Tierney leaves, you get an experienced full-back – okay, on the other side of the pitch – but maybe that suggests that Tierney won’t be leaving.

“Celtic maybe feel they don’t need to strengthen at the moment so it could be good news in one way for Celtic fans.”

Simpson is available on a free transfer after leaving Leicester at the end of his contract, having struggled for game time at the Foxes last season.

On the other hand, Tierney was a mainstay for Celtic during the 2018/19 campaign, helping the Bhoys to a third successive treble-winning campaign.

In other Celtic news, Jackie McNamara claims that Lennon has held successful clear-the-air talks with one man at Parkhead.