Date: 26th June 2019 at 1:29pm
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EXCLUSIVE

Celtic are almost certain to sell Kieran Tierney to Arsenal this summer but must hold out for a £30million fee.

That is the verdict of Noel Whelan, the ex-Aberdeen and Dunfermline striker as the Gunners work on prising the Hoops prize asset from Parkhead this summer.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the pundit is confident Celtic can smash their record club sale – the £19million transfer of Moussa Dembele last summer – by getting top dollar for Tierney.

As revealed by Football Insider, Arsenal are ready to make a new and improved offer for Tierney that Celtic “can’t refuse” after their opening £15million player-plus-cash offer was knocked back.

“Celtic can get £30million for Tierney. Why not? Of course they can, ” Whelan told Football Insider. “If Crystal Palace can get more than £50million for Aaron Wan-Bissaka, then I’d be confident of Celtic getting £30million for Tierney.

“I know there is a premium on young English players, especially those who’ve proved themselves in the Premier League, but Tierney is an outstanding full-back and has achieved far more than Wan-Bissaka.

“Players in Scotland don’t tend to go for massive fees, because of the stigma of the Scottish league, but in this market, £30million for Tierney is about right.

“He’s a top quality player – he’s great going forward, great energy, sound defensively, reads the game, brilliant left foot – and I can see no reason why he can’t reach the level of Andy Robertson. He’s probably worth £60million now, and Tierney can reach that level in a couple of years.”

Tierney has won 11 major trophies, including five consecutive league medals, since breaking into the Celtic side at the age of 17 and is regarded as the most valuable player at the club.

He has four more years remaining on his contract with the Hoops, which runs until 2023.

In other Celtic news, it can be REVEALED a deal is all but done as player agrees £12,000-a-week move to Parkhead in deal that includes pay-rise clauses.