Celtic manager Neil Lennon says Kieran Tierney is not fully focused due to the interest being shown in him from Arsenal.
The Hoops have rejected two bids for the 22-year-old but Lennon says they are trying to help keep the fullback’s mind firmly on the job:
“It’s difficult for him to keep focused at the minute because he’s only human. We’re supporting him all we can.”
Reports in the Scottish media suggest that Arsenal have returned to the table for more talks about Tierney.
The Gunners have yet to make a third offer for the left-back, but it is believed the Premier League side feel there is room for further negotiations.
Arsenal met Celtic’s £25m asking price with their second bid but the Scottish champions were unhappy with the structure of the deal.
There were some payment clauses that may not have been achieved, and it is believed that the Hoops will insist on being paid upfront.
Lennon admits they have ensured that if Tierney does leave that a replacement will be coming in through the door:
We have contingency plans and have worked out other options if that worst-case scenario were to happen.”