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McGinn drools over Kieran Tierney’s potential impact at Arsenal

Aston Villa
midfielder John McGinn has backed country mate Kieran Tierney to become a
crucial performer for Arsenal. The Scotland international was regularly touted
to join the Gunners throughout the summer and he eventually made the move on
deadline day after the north London side agreed to meet the £25m asking price


Lennon acknowledges Arsenal may come up with new offer for Kieran Tierney

Celtic manager Neil Lennon has acknowledged that Arsenal may make a renewed approach to pursue the services of defender Kieran Tierney. The Scotland international has been earmarked as one of the club’s prime defensive targets for the summer but they have not been able to find the breakthrough with a couple of bids turned down by the Hoops.

Speaking in a press conference, Lennon said that it is normal for the Gunners to come up with another proposal, considering they have a few days before the transfer window closes in the Premier League. He added that Tierney remains an important player in the club’s ranks and he remains optimistic that the Scot will continue with the club for the forthcoming campaign.

Celtic: Tierney’s move to Arsenal is a fairy-tale story

Celtic captain Scott Brown has said that Kieran Tierney’s move to Arsenal can be regarded as a fairy-tale story.

The left-sided defender has been linked with multiple Premier League clubs over the years and he eventually made the move to the English top-flight this summer after the Gunners paid a £25m fee to land his signature.

Neil Lennon reveals James Forrest wants to sign another Celtic contract

Celtic head coach Neil Lennon has revealed that James Forrest is keen to see out the remaining of his career with the club. The Scotland international has been with the first-team squad for the past nine years and during this period, he has transformed into one of the club’s most consistent performers from the wider attacking position.

Speaking to reporters, Lennon said that Forrest remains committed to the club’s cause and he has no plans of parting ways with the team. He added that the 28-year-old would prefer to sign another long-term deal with the club despite having three years remaining on his existing deal, he said:“He wants to extend his contract which is great. Rather than talking about people leaving the club we’ve got one there who wants to stay. So that’s one we’ll look at. I think he’s still got two years left on his deal but we’ve already talked about an extension. Well, me and him have!”

BBC suggests Arsenal are optimistic of landing Celtic defender

BBC Sport correspondent David Ornstein has revealed that Arsenal have failed with an opening bid to sign Celtic’s Kieran Tierney but remain optimistic of reaching a transfer agreement. The Gunners are keen to pursue a new left-sided defender this summer and Tierney has been earmarked as the prime choice to strengthen that position of the backline.

Writing on his official Twitter account, Ornstein confirmed that the Gunners have had £15m bid knocked back for the defender but they remain hopeful of sealing a transfer agreement with personal terms remaining a mere formality, he tweeted: “As reported elsewhere Arsenal have had an opening bid of £15m for Celtic left-back Kieran Tierney rejected - but there is optimism an agreement will be reached between the clubs, while personal terms for the 22-year-old Scotland international shouldn’t be a problem.”

Boyd backs James Forrest to make Premier League push

Former Scotland international Kris Boyd believes James Forrest has the time on his hands to take up a bigger challenge away from Celtic. The 27-year-old has undoubtedly been the best performer in the Scottish top-flight and he contributed 11 goals and nine assists in the club’s recent Premiership triumph.

Speaking to The Scottish Sun, Boyd said that Forrest has achieved everything within reach in Scottish Football and he should now look into the prospect of pursuing a bigger challenge in the Premier League or elsewhere, he quipped: “He has probably achieved all he can achieve in Scottish football. It is similar to Scott Brown a number of years ago in terms of how good a player is Scott Brown. Can he go and play in the English Premier League? He has never done it. Could James Forrest do it? He is still young enough to go and try away from Celtic.”

Neil Lennon downplays Celtic’s draw against Hibernian at the weekend

Celtic manager Neil Lennon has said that the Hoops should have overcome Hibernian in the recent league meeting, although the result won’t change the fact that they will be crowned champions for the eighth-straight occasion. The holders had the opportunity to celebrate the title against Kilmarnock next weekend with a victory but they now can’t mathematically do so, unless Rangers drop points against Aberdeen.

Speaking after the 0-0 draw against Hibernian, Lennon admitted that the Hoops had plenty of chances to come up with the maximum points, but credit must go to the opposition goalkeeper, who made three sublime saves. He added that the team already have the title in the bag and it does not matter when they are crowned as the 2018/19 champions, he quipped:

Lennon hails Celtic progress as they aim for treble

Celtic’s caretaker manager Neil Lennon has admitted that he is excited with the club’s prospect of securing a treble this season. The Hoops have won each of the previous domestic titles at their disposal and they are on course to secure the Scottish Premiership with an 11-point advantage over Rangers with just five games to play.

As such, the Scottish Cup remains the only obstacle between the Hoops and a hat-trick of trebles, and Lennon is amazed with the commitment and dedication showcased from the current crop of players within the squad, he said: “It’s incredible. I can’t even believe we’re sitting here discussing it. I said to the players when we won the treble it was the first time in over 30 years. These guys are on the cusp of three. But we can’t talk the talk about it because they created it with their own play and dedication and mentality It’s phenomenal what they’ve done, absolutely phenomenal I think. The hunger to keep going, I think it’s fantastic.”

John Hartson backs Neil Lennon for the permanent Celtic job

TalkSPORT pundit John Hartson believes Neil Lennon has a good chance of securing the permanent job with Celtic, should the club go on to complete the historic treble this term. The Scottish champions have won every domestic trophy within reach in the past two-and-a-half seasons but this has not assured them of managerial surety with Brendan Rodgers recently stepping down to join Leicester City in the Premier League.

Amidst this, the Hoops have opted to hire Lennon on an interim role for the rest of the season but Hartson suggests that the Hoops favourite could continue at the helm next term. Speaking to TalkSPORT, Hartson stated that Lennon has the experience at the highest level after previously managing Celtic for four seasons where they were making progress in the Champions League.

Steven Gerrard urges Rangers to forget about catching Celtic for the title

Rangers manager Steven Gerrard has said that his team can forget about challenging for the Scottish Premiership crown after their goalless draw against St Johnstone in their stadium. The Glasgow giants had the opportunity to close the gap to leaders Celtic to just three points but they squandered the chance after managing a disappointing 0-0 stalemate.

Speaking after the game, the former Liverpool star admitted that his team had a lack of leadership during the clash which contributed to a disappointing outcome. He added that the club can forget about catching their cross-town rivals Celtic for the title and need to avoid dropping further points with Aberdeen and Kilmarnock breathing down their neck.