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£25m KT WILL GO OUT A CHAMPION

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KIERAN TIERNEY may have kicked his last ball for Celtic with the news Arsenal have made an enhanced £25million bid for the left-back.

The Gunners’ derisory first offer of £15million was booted out by the champions over three weeks ago, as CQN reported.

However, the London outfit, wary of genine interest in the player from Napoli, will now meet the reported asking price.

The Emirates club are likely to pay a fee of around £20million with the residue being made up on add-ons.

The Hoops will consider the bid for the fans’ favourite, 22, which will be a record for the Parkhead men.

If the move gets the go-ahead it will mean Tierney has gone out as a champion – his last game would have been the 3-0 triumph over Aberdeen at Pittodrie on May 4 when the team sealed their eighth successive title.

The Scotland international lasted until the 57th minute before being replaced by Jonny Hayes.

Tierney underwent a double hernia operation in the summer after being forced to miss the 2-1 Scottish Cup Final success over Hearts on May 25 and he remains on the sidelines with a persistent pelvic problem.

Neil Lennon paid Rapid Vienna £3million for Belgian No.3 Boli Bolingoli-Mbombo who made his debut in the 3-1 victory over FK Sarajevo in the opening Champions League qualifier in Bosnia last week.

He agreed a four-year contract from the Austrians and could be seen as the long-term replacement for Tierney.

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