NEIL LENNON has admitted Celtic have no intention of selling Kieran Tierney for anything less than Celtic’s valuation of the left-back which is quoted around the £25million mark.
The Hoops boss, though, is bracing himself for further bids for the 22-year-old Scotland international defender following the rejection of Arsenal’s derisory £15million opening offer a fortnight ago.
Serie A giants Napoli, who, unlike the London side, are in the Champions League in the new season, are about to up the ante for the fans’ favourite.
Lennon acknowledged the transfer uncertainty could affect the player, but insisted the Parkhead side will stick to their guns with what they expect to be paid for a key first team performer.
The Irishman, speaking to the Daily Record, revealed: “As I said last week, the first offer wasn’t what we’d look for and I don’t think we’ve had another one yet.
“It’s as you were. Will it rumble on? Probably.
“These things take their course whether it happens or not. We have a price for our player. He’s on an long-term contract and we won’t sell him for anything less than we feel is the right price.
“It can be unsettling, but he’s been okay. He’s not really training with the group, but ,hopefully, we’ll see him on the training ground in a week or two.
“In terms of where he is mentally, it’s got to be unsettling for him, it’s only natural.”
Tierney was sent home early from the pre-season tour of Austria and Switzerland at the weekend to continue his rehab at home.
The full-back missed the Scottish Cup Final against Hearts on May 25 before undergoing a double hernia operation.